10. Because they think there are monsters in their room.
Or at least they know you will fall for that line, so they pretend to actually believe in these “monsters.” They probably know it’s all a sham but they know you will stay in their room for a few more minutes if they are scared.
9. They are thirsty.
They need more milk, juice, water, whatever their go to drink is. But they are not really thirsty. They just want you to go fetch one last time. To remind you who really is the boss here.
8. You haven’t finished their story.
But you have, like 1000 times.
7. They forgot to kiss their dad (or mom, or dog, or cat, or bird)
“But how will they know I love them if I don’t kiss them goodnight.” Because they are passed out cold and if you loved them, you would leave their ass alone.
6. They are too hot/cold.
NO THEY AREN’T.
5. Because you gave them dessert.
Welp, you did. Because you wanted the after dinner tantrum to be quick and painless. It’s late. It’s been a long day, you want some quiet and now they are all hopped up on sugar.
4. Because you really want to go to sleep
Never fails, you want it, they don’t want you to have it.
3. They need other pajamas.
Because the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle jammies they have on are suddenly not working for them.
2. They will miss you not being next to them.
Look when my kids tell me this, my heart kinda melts. KINDA!!! It really is sweet to hear, but they are just doing that good ol toddler manipulation. They are just grasping at straws for reasons to stay awake. They know this one buys them some time. SO don’t fall for it.
And the #1 reason your toddler won’t sleep tonight….