The Short of It
A Netflix survey says most parents move their New Year's Eve countdown to 9 p.m. instead of letting the kiddos stay up until midnight.
If you're like me, your kids don't stay up late, even on New Year's Eve. Nope, not gonna happen.
In fact, Netflix surveyed parents and found 73 percent will ring in 2016 before it's official and half will move their countdown up by three hours.
As a mom of three kids under age 7, even 9 p.m. is probably too late for us. Our family countdown will probably happen closer to 8 p.m., so the kids can be in bed by 9 p.m.
Because let's face it: it's so not worth keeping the kids up late to ring in the New Year for real. Then New Year's Day will be sheer hell! The children will be crabby, whiny, and exhausted. No thanks! It'll be bad enough trying to nurse a hangover, let alone dealing with kiddos who didn't get nearly enough sleep.
The Netflix survey found 41 percent of parents aren't opposed to fibbing about when the New Year officially starts. But I don't even call it a fib. I call it an early celebration!
If you also want to celebrate a little early with your little ones, Netflix offers on-demand countdowns catered to mini revelers. And 66 percent of moms and dads say they plan to take advantage of them. Kids can choose from Care Bears, King Julien, Puffin Rock, and three more sets of animated characters to help them greet 2016 in a fun and age-appropriate way.
Then the adults can stay up and spend time with each other—with their champagne.
Do you plan to ring in the New Year early with your kids?