Tuesday, 10 September 2013

The Bedtime Police....

On Saturday night I made the mistake of saying to the kids that they could stay up to watch some of Strictly Come Dancing. It's not a mistake while it's on, it's actually fun. They like dancing and jumping around and I get to see my favourite programme. However it meant that they were going to bed just a bit later than normal and that means that bedtime was going to be difficult as they're more tired. 

As the programme finished a car's headlights flashed into the front room window and Isla saw them and said "who's that?". I don't really know how this happened but the words "Its the bedtime police, and they're driving round the street to check that all the children are in bed...." came out of my mouth. Where did that come from?! Anyway I decided to finish what I'd started and ushered them upstairs in the manner that they needed to get upstairs and into bed quick before the police knocked on our door. Next came a series of questions about the police. Ooops. I tried not to make it sound scary, just that they were doing checks (I almost believe my own lies sometimes!) but when Isla, who was now lying in bed asked if she could go to the toilet I told her to make it quick. She ran off to the loo, and whilst on the toilet, had a really concerned look on her face, every so often furtively staring down the stairs to make sure they weren't at the front door! She dashed back to bed, jumped in. Both of them settled down quite quickly and Saturday night for me was resumed with a glass of wine in hand and the X Factor. 

The following morning I'd decided that the police trick was going to be a one off (it was a bit mean!) and I told them that the police were so happy with their performance at bedtime, they were the best children in the street and they wouldn't be coming by our house for a long time!
 
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12 comments:

  1. I did something like that once, terrified some kids I was babysitting into thinking Wee Willie Winkie was watching them and wanted to make sure they're in bed. I'm sure yours was just an up to date Wee Willie, brought into the digital age, right? :-)

    I don't know how we managed when we were little!!

    x

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  2. LOL! I love this, how mean yet effective ;) I totally identify with how these lies just pop out sometimes! I found myself telling my 4 year old that it wasn't an ice cream van that he could hear but the Little Boy Van... if he didn't let me sunbathe for 5 minutes then he'd have to sit in the van and sing to the music until I'd finished sunbathing. Whoops! His Dad set him straight ;)

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  3. too cute! I have resorted to 'white lies' myself when trying to get them to bed. e.g., Santa was watching and did they really want to get on the naughty list this early in the year??? scared them straight. I too felt a little bad.

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  4. Am so stealing that idea... I got caught out so many times at the end of The Voice!!

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  5. its so tricky when that sort of thing happens - glad it worked! we used to have to tell my son that we would get 'norman the gorilla' which was a cuddly toy we was scared off if he didn't stay in bed. xxx

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  6. It was inspired, once I started with it I had to continue! Who know's the police might come round again if things take a real nosedive one night..... :)

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  7. Hehe that's so funny and brilliant that it worked. Maybe just keep it in your back pocket for every once in a while? ;)

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  8. I think my toddler would ask me loads of questions and get even more excited if I told him it was the Police! Inspired move though, glad it worked :)

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  9. Ahhhhh bless them! Mine would just tell me where to stick my nonsense ;)

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  10. Mine would definitely run outside to see the policeman! But I do get stuck in these white lie traps sometimes and wonder at what point to call it a day (before I end up a story on Radio 2's confessions - I've heard some brilliant ones!). Father Christmas works a treat, but it's too early in the year to have 'is it Christmas yet?' said every morning!
    I love the Little Boy Van one! :)

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  11. That is brilliant - inspired in fact! Ranks up there with my brother in law setting all the clocks forward an hour one night to get the kids to go to bed early :)

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  12. Very creative: I may try to use that! Except I'm not sure they'd buy it :)

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