An Asian mother and son are indoors in a bedroom. They are wearing casual clothing. The son is sleeping while the mother kisses his cheek.

Every parent knows that putting the kids to bed can be a real chore. After all, it can be exhausting trying to convince your little one that they are, in fact, tired, let alone trying to get them to brush their teeth and change into jammies.

But now a new study has revealed how much time parents are actually wasting on their child’s bedtime routine.

Research conducted by toothbrush company Firefly found that moms and dads spend an average of 140 hours a year trying to get their child to sleep, which works out to nearly 18 full workdays. To put that in perspective, Café Mom notes that the number is more than the average vacation time people receive from work!

It usually takes parents 25 minutes to get their kids into bed each night.

To get this number, Firefly looked at the bedtime routines of 1,000 parents with kids aged three to 12. The company found that it usually takes parents 25 minutes to get their kids into bed each night, which works out to three hours a week or 140 hours per year.

While this number might seem like a lot, it’s interesting to note that some experts actually recommend parents spend at least 30 minutes preparing their kids for bed so that the child has enough time to wind down. However, this time does not account for wrestling the kids when they refuse to comply. As a result, 77 per cent of moms and dads say bedtime routines leave them exhausted.


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