1. Mindy says...

    Bonus points if you don’t also fall asleep during bedtime!!

  2. Very effective routine for my kids. We almost follow these steps.

  3. Emma says...

    Reading that the general consensus that no parents can handle a seek and find book at bedtime has to be one of the more reassuring, I’m-not-alone moments I’ve had as a parent :)

  4. Elisabeth says...

    No Seek and Find before bed, and no Dr. Seuss. Those things take 40 minutes to read and IT’S ALREADY 8:15 I HAVE NETFLIX TO WATCH. Seuss is a daytime-only proposition.

  5. Bren says...

    Oh my gosh I just laughed out loud! When my kids pick those “seek and find” books I’m like NOOOOO I CAN’T DO THIS ANYMORE!!! Bring me A Very Hungry Caterpillar or you’re going straight to bed hahaha

  6. Lora says...

    What about the “momby, I have sumpting for you” (huge mined booger) square.

  7. K says...

    I once read that there’s no-one with a longer to do-list than a toddler at bedtime. Think of it and laugh (silently to myself) every night when I’m putting my 2 year old to bed. Especially five minutes after lying down when she sits up and with eyes wide-open exclaims “book” sometimes with a hint of panic, like me when I realise I’ve forgotten to pay a bill or reply to the MIL.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha yes!!! anton sometimes will sit up and in his raspy little kid voice say, “HOW ‘BOUT MY BACK WUB?!” it’s so so cute how wedded they are to the longest routines of all time.

    • K says...

      Exactly Joanna. She does do this after already having read her book so I reckon she’s just trying to squeeze in an extra few minutes of awake time. Crafty little thing :)

  8. Andrea says...

    What about an Imitate a Zombie square where the child keeps popping up out of bed like the undead?

    • Em says...

      Hahaha!

  9. Em says...

    Love this. Duly noted about avoiding “looking” books down the road (I have a toddler). Even now there is always a water-wanting wake-up and a toot-scream session before midnight. What are we feeding her?!?! :(

  10. Leslie says...

    I got all the way to Llama before I realized this was bedtime for kids. I mean, adults horse around in the bathroom. “What’s this old clay face mask? ok, now is a good time to try it…”

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha

    • Elisabeth says...

      It’s pretty much the same as my adult bedtime routine, but my lullabies are murder podcasts.

    • Hilde says...

      Ok, I even went past Llama llama before I realized this was bedtime for kids, and I’m a mom haha. To be fair, my 2 yo’s bedtime routine is usually pretty short and to the point. (Though last night there ended up being a discussion between his dinosaur softie who wanted to read about dinosarus and his fox softie who did not as he’s scared of dinosaurs. If only his toys could agree on what book we’re reading, we’d be golden!)

  11. Nina says...

    Spot on.

  12. Annie says...

    So spot on. At my house I would have to add a fake potty visit after the glass of wine, followed by a need to be “tucked back in”.

    • Sarah says...

      HAHAHHAA fake potty visit. Love that. So good. Actually laughed out loud. Maybe add in some inner turmoil about trying to attach some sort of negative consequence to fake potty visits but also not wanting to discourage potty use generally.

      I also love we are not reading a seek and find book. I feel so understood!

    • Jenny says...

      Lolol at the inner turmoil. Spot on. My daughter asked for one more book last night and I made the grave error of saying to my husband, in front of my daughter, “could you grab us a book- a short one please!” As if a 3-year-old would be like “yes, the shortest one there is, please!” Needless to say the resulting tantrum was not pretty.

  13. Annie says...

    Parents, a PSA: Last night I started at the end of the game with a glass (okay two) of red wine and bedtime was never better! So what if I fell asleep before my 9 year old and was reading A House for Hermit Crab to my 5 year old while he pretended to be an angry spider under his bed bumping the mattress up and down through the slats? Whatever gets you through the night…

    • Sarah says...

      Hahaha. Good idea Annie! I just finished this long board game at my home. I should’ve started with the wine!

  14. Chantel says...

    Every night…!!!

  15. Andrea says...

    We are not reading Seek &Find – lol!! At least twice a week I have to announce that they have brought me a “looking” book and not a reading book. Which is always met by tears. Because there are WORDS in the book, mommy. I’ve got my oldest on chapter books now; cuts way down on the problem!

    • Hayley says...

      Ha! That’s what I call them too…

    • Katie Larissa says...

      Andrea, I call them that too!

    • Regina says...

      I always say “only two pages” of a look and find book. At first it was not popular, but the kids are used to it by now. But I should just take all look and finds out of their bedrooms! My heart always drops when they choose one at bedtime.

  16. I have twin 3-years olds and this drawing is TOO REAL. :)

    • Anna b says...

      Me too! Add two rounds of waking/annoying each other and at least one wrestling match/hug(?) for my boys. Too many threenagers in one place!

  17. celester says...

    They forgot glass of water after you’ve been in bed for 20 minutes. :)