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Real KiddyCharts #2: Why your kid is out of bed

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Kids are experts at procrastination, and nothing shows this better than when you are trying to get them to go to bed in the evening, or for a nap.

I want a glass of water.

I’m too hot.

I’m too cold.

The dressing gown on the back of the door is scaring me.

I’ve lost my teddy bear.

The curtains are letting in the tinniest chink of light.

There is an alien in my wardrobe / monster under my bed / slug in my slipper *delete as appropriate*

Why you kids are REALLY out of bed - because you really don't need them to be of course! See the blog for more real KiddyCharts.

Whatever the excuse, the REAL reason why they are out of bed is because you need to get them into bed as soon as possible, because you’ve got a shed load to do. In my case, it is ALWAYS because I need to get my work done.

I should have done it earlier, but I spent it lying on the floor pretending to be a catepillar, or playing a game of “lets have another cup of tea” in a cafe that would be shut down by the food standards agency in five minutes if it really existed.

Without fail, nightmare occur, drinks become absolutely necessary, and the kids have an urgent need to tell me about the latest friendship crisis if I have promised that I will get that thing done for work by the morning.

They know. They can feel it. And they exploit it. You put the kids to bed at 7.30pm, and you have to get up and down fifty million times in the next hour and a half to put them back in their sodding beds.

You manage to write three words of your important document each time you go down the stairs before they have gone and got. out. of. bed. again.

It isn’t FAIR.

And it means that you are going to have to work until well past midnight when they finally run out of energy at 9.30pm; 2 hours after you put them to bed.

Now you need wine, and we all know how great that work is going to be after one of those now, don’t we?

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Why are your kids REALLY out of bed? Well, if you are anything like me, its because you absolutely HAVE to get something done right?

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parent blog! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 80%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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