Saturday, February 06, 2010

Bedtime

Most nights the job of putting Maxfield and Wyatt to bed belongs to me. I usually start the process at 7:30 by getting them in their PJs as they watch a TV show. At 8:00 we head upstairs to brush teeth, pee, say prayers and climb into bed. Every night the boys ask me to tell them a story.

Sometimes I read to them (which is difficult now that they are in bunk beds)but most nights I make up stories to tell them. Their favorite bedtime stories are The Adventures of Max and Wyatt, go figure, which is about two little boys with super powers. Max and Wyatt's powers change each night depending on the mood of the kids.

Some nights I just don't have it in me to tell a story. I know, I suck as a modern parent. I know, I am supposed to relish in the "right now" of it all by telling them stories as they drift off to sleep. But some nights, mentally, emotionally, I just can't.

A few months ago the PR people at GoodNites emailed me asking if I would be interested working with them again this year. They gave me a pitch about a bedtime story on-line I could download and let my kids listen to each night. They sent me the first four chapters of GoodNites Bedtime Theater stories of Iggy and his Wiggy Bed along with terms and conditions of our agreement. Seriously, the Ts and Cs really did not matter to me because I was really impressed with the quality of the bedtime stories.

One night I let Max and Wyatt listen to the first four chapters. They listened to the first four chapters for five nights straight. After that first week they asked if I could get more chapters. I was hurt. Even though I shushed them while we listened to the GoodNites story of Iggy and His Wiggy Bed, I lied and told them I could not get them more chapters of this "terrible story".

I know I suck as a parent demanding that my kids listen to me babble on about how my kids are superheroes. I know, I suck, I am supposed to relish in the fact that my kids did not need me to stay in the room and they drifted off to sleep.

If you have kids in the "bedtime story" age bracket I really do recommend you check out the GoodNites Bed Time Theater website, my kids love the stories. The writing and the narration are awesome.

The terms and conditions with GoodNites is actually pretty cool. They afforded me the opportunity to try and write a chapter of Iggy's story. They are also affording me the opportunity to do some give-aways in the next two months.

Poop and Boogies turns 5 this month and I plan to do a bunch of prize give-aways (with or with out the sponsors) so it is cool that GoodNites is doing this.

Go check out GoodNites Bedtime Theater. It is pretty cool.

My first Poop and Boogies Turns Five prize give-away will be this Tuesday (not sponsored by anyone) and it will invovle leaving comments. So go ahead and practice leaving a comment.





I have partnered with GoodNites® Sleep Pants for the Bedtime Theater program. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program, which includes developing the Iggy’s Next Adventure story, sharing the program information with my readers, tweeting my blog entry and judging the Iggy’s Next Adventure contest entries. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards the GoodNites® products.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Poop and Boogies turns Five!!! Happy Anniversary! How time flies!
Five makes a Basketball team.
Five digits on a hand.
Five starts your address.
Five people in your family.
Grandpop was one of five brothers.
You are son number five!
Dad's birthday was in month number five.
Five is a good number! I know you like 6 and 13 but you should add five to that list. :)

Charlotte in Pa said...

Happy Blogiversary, Bill! Thanks for 5 years of funny, touching, thought-provoking posts. You know that you're one of my favorites. :-)

Susie said...

5 already? You'll soon be off to kindergarten. I'm quite tickled that you get to say things like "compensated" when talking about your blog :)

Melinda said...

This post scares me. I hope you are not running out of stories to tell us. Heaven forbid! I look forward to my little bit of Poop and Boogies life.
And thanks for the stories so far!

SciFi Dad said...

It's probably just a coincidence, but my captcha says "fines". Seriously.

My daughter's not into the superhero stuff, so our made up stories feature her in a "magic" car that takes her places and talks to her (think Knight Rider, except instead of solving crimes, Kitt is used for road trips to visit family and friends).

Effie said...

turns 5?! you mean i've been wasting time reading blogs for over 5 years??? that's CRAZY!

I think I'd hate to start using the computer bedtime stories because then my girls wouldn't want to listen to me anymore, or have me read "the teeny tiny woman" or "the tweedle beetles" over and over and over...and while those stories do get annoying, I love the time spent with them...and if those online stories are as good as you say, that would definitely eliminate me in their routine...

This is their favourite quick Seussian rhyme:
"If you like to eat potato chips,
And chew pork chops on clipper ships,
I suggest that you chew a few chips and a chop
on Skipper Zipp's Clipper Ship Chip Chop Shop"

try saying that one quickly!

Sometimes Katrina has me tell her a story after we've turned out the lights--"A Momma story" where I just go over the events of the day or make up what we'll do tomorrow--just fun! While she hates going to bed, I love our routines!

Bethany said...

If I just had a dollar for every time I've heard, "tell me a tow-ie!"

They're hard to make up on the spot sometime. I totally understand the energy level.

Kat said...

What a fun blog you have. I love the names Poop and Boogies. HAHAHA! Very funny.

Who has the energy to tell bedtime stories EVERY night? That is draining. I think you should get an award for telling as many as you have! :)

Anonymous said...

Now I lay me down to sleep.
Pray the Lord my soul to Keep.
If I die before I wake.
Pray that William wears a Superhero costume to my funeral.

April said...

Happy Blogiversary! You are such a bad ass. I wrote a whole post about Hobby Lobby and my stat counter told me somebody from Hobby Lobby HQ read it. They never even left a comment. Rude. I had a religious experience in one of their stores, shared it with a million fans (and when I say million I mean like 11 people total) and they couldn't even say thanks for the shout out?? Whatfreakingever! But good for you and the Goodnites people. I'm not bitter or anything.

Anonymous said...

April Is BITTER!!!!!

James (SeattleDad) said...

5 years. Very impressive. Happy Blogaversary to you William. As I have said before, your blog has inspired my writing and sticking with my own blog for two years now.

Bogart in P Towne said...

I look forward to the days of bedtime stories! All snuggled up, eyes closed and tucked in...Claire telling me all about The Adventures of Bogart...

Oh wait...you were talking about storytime with kids?