Any kid will run any errand for you, ifThe data has been thoroughly collected and analyzed and the report is in! Actually, the data in this infographic is not even 100% accurate. It’s also not even 100% true, but it sure feels like it. Just about every night before bedtime it’s always something. Daddy I need water, Daddy I need milk, Daddy I want a snack, Daddy I want to watch Frozen, no not that Frozen I want Frozen SING-A-LONG! It is a never ending battle with my four year old and getting to bed at a decent time. I will say that there are times when she passes out all on her own and I carry her into bed. Those nights are spectacular. There is no having to get additional items just to keep her from throwing a tantrum and waking up her little brother.

“Daddy, can you turn on Frozen?”

So what we have here in this infographic is what I feel are the most requested items before bedtime this past year from my daughter. The big take away is that she watches Frozen far too often. Practically every night she watches the movie at least once. I have slowly but surely gotten her to watch other cartoons/movies, but it’s always her fall back. We of course have two different copies of Frozen. First we have the regular theatrical release and next we have the sing-a-long version. This one has all of the words to the songs at the bottom of the screen. My daughter can barely read, so it is a little odd that this version is requested as often as it is…

“Daddy, I need a snack…”

Next on the list is snacks. Fruit snacks, cookies, muffins, etc… If she doesn’t get something in her belly before bed we will hear about in the middle of the night. Personally, it’s no big deal if she wants a snack before bed. That is completely okay in my book. It’s only a problem when it’s actually time for bed and she’s wanting something else, or better yet, the next item in her request repertoire, milk or water. More often than not it is a request for milk. A drink is okay too, just as long as it doesn’t go to waste (if it’s milk).

“Daddy, strawberry milk please.”

The last item in the pie chart (mmm pie). Is her constant request for additional lighting in the room. It doesn’t matter that she has a night light, nor does it matter that Pawpaw built her a bed with cool Christmas lights built into it as an additional nightlight. To her it’s not enough, she needs more. She would rather sleep with the lights on than even just one turned off. I don’t know if it’s some kind of interrogation technique or what, but she has mastered it.


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By Richie

I'm a 40-year-old father blessed with two wonderful children: a 13-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son. My life revolves around my beautiful wife, who is the cornerstone of our family. Without her unwavering support, none of what I do would be possible. By day, I serve as a network administrator for a local school district, ensuring smooth operations in the realm of technology. During the evenings, you'll often find me engrossed in various creative pursuits, from illustrating books to crafting websites or composing music. But above all, my priority is spending quality time with my kids. Parenthood has been a profound journey of growth and discovery for me, and now, armed with a keyboard instead of a pen, I'm eager to share my experiences and insights with others.

2 thoughts on “Most Requested Items Before Bedtime in 2014”
  1. You’ll be happy to know that this isn’t just your daughter, my son does the exact same thing. Water, food, read one more book, or even brush his teeth. It seems that he has become the king of stalling.

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