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23 Nov 2015
Ahhhhh… bed time
I remember when I was 9 or 10, playing outside until the street light came on, and then heading home. I was lucky enough not to have a curfew, because I came home at a decent time, and went to bed without being asked each night. I was in bed by 9:00pm. Anything after that, I’d be so tired the next day. I understood that staying up late had it’s consequences.
Luckily, my girls both like their sleep. But that doesn’t mean they don’t ask from time-to-time to stay up – for 5 more minutes! Depending on the night, Wendy and I sometimes allow it. It really depends on what is going on that night, and how it will effect what is going on the next day.
I tend to be a little more lenient than Wendy. That is on weekends, or when Wendy is not at home. But when we never challenge each other. Our decisions are always discussed ahead of time. Like if she is not home, and the kids want to stay up little longer on a non-school night, I will talk to her ahead of time to make sure she is good with it.
The Struggle Is Real
Netflix polled parents across seven countries. Getting your kids to go to bed on time is a struggle lots of parents experience, but how kids stall and how parents react varies across the globe:
• Brazilian kids are the best bedtime negotiators. Parents in Brazil are most likely to say their kids’ stall tactics “frequently” work (52% vs 44%, on average globally), with kids in this country most likely to use the ‘”just 5 more min” negotiation tactic (51% vs 42%, globally).
• Kids in Mexico say the darndest things: Parents in Mexico are significantly more likely to say that they give in and allow their children to stay up past their bedtime thanks to cute stall tactics (60% vs. 41%, globally).
• Mums and dads in the UK lure kids to sleep with bedtime bribes: Although they are reluctant to admit it, a third of parents in the UK say that one of the quickest ways to get their kids into bed is a bribe (33% vs. 28%, globally); with the chance to stay up later on weekends (30% vs. 29%) and food or snacks (21% vs. 18%) among the most popular tactics used.
• Australian parents least likely to bend the bedtime rules: Parents in Australia are among those most likely to say they never make compromises to get their child into bed (26% vs. 21%, globally).
• Warning to Canadian kids – don’t try anything cute: Parents in Canada are significantly more likely to disagree that their child’s stall tactics can be too cute or so clever that they give in and let them stay up past their bedtime (61% disagree vs. 51 globally).
• Bedtime in France is a dream come true. Not only is France the No. 1 country where kids get to bed on time most days of the week (5.1 days per week in France vs. 4.8 days a week globally), but parents there also spend the least amount of time getting them to bed (12.3 minutes vs. 17.5 average).
• The US is the biggest bedtime battleground. American kids are the most likely to try creative stall tactics (66 % vs 61% average globally), and it takes parents the longest to get them to bed (19.3 minutes vs. 17.5 minutes globally).
Pick your battles
Like a lot of things in life, Wendy and I pick our battles. Not doing anything on a Saturday morning? Sure… the girls can stay up late on a Friday night. Church early morning on Sunday? Might be best to head to bed. But maybe, 5 more minutes won’t hurt.
What to watch this month on Netflix
There is such a huge selection of movies, documentaries and TV shows to watch. Here are a few highlighted selections for kids:
New On Netflix For Kids & Family:
1. Care Bears & Cousins: Season 1
2. Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
Speaking of 5 More Minutes
1. Dinotrux 5 Minute Favourite: Big Build
2. Dinotrux 5 Minute Favourite: Tarpit Rescue
3. Dinotrux 5 Minute Favourite: Tortool’s Surprise
Disclaimer: I am part of the Netflix Canada Stream Team. All opinions are my own.
About the Research
The Netflix Survey was conducted online by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Netflix from September 2-23, 2015. For the survey, a sample of 7,277 parents with a child ages 2-10 in the US, UK, France, Canada, Australia, Brazil, or Mexico, was interviewed online, including 7,087 respondents who say that they are the primary parent responsible for getting their child tucked into bed at night at least some of the time. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 1.3 percentage points for all parents.