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It’s easy to understand why bedtime is such a battle, kids just want to have fun, and there’s nothing fun about going to sleep. Unless, of course, if you’re the parent and you count on those precious hours of quiet, adult time. It can be aggravating when kids start stalling, but sometimes you just can’t help but laugh. Here are some of the hilariously clever ways kids have come up with to prevent going to bed.

Come out, Come out Wherever You Aren’t
“Playing hide and go seek with an imaginary friend and can’t find him.”
—Juliana Capata via Facebook

It’s Glaringly Obvious He Doesn’t Want to Go to Bed
“‘The sun is in my eyes.’ His room has blackout shades and blinds, it’d been dark for hours and was during a blizzard.”
—Kate Nelson via Facebook

How About Bed! Bed!
“The other day my 20-month-old toddler tried to stall bedtime by pointing out, ‘Wall! Wall! All of ’em!’ Yes kid you have four walls, it’s very exciting, still bedtime though. LoL.”
—Amber Studebaker via Facebook

A Howling Good Time
“My 2.5-year-old refused to come inside and go to bed tonight. When I asked her why she howled, she told me she was a lone wolf! I asked her if she would be okay sleeping outside in the cold and dark all by herself. She said, ‘yep’ and howled again.”
—Erinn Pervis via Facebook

Maybe They Need a Glass of Water
“But my animals aren’t tired.”
—Alison Gurschick Wix via Facebook

At Least She’s Being Productive
“My 3-year-old daughter needed to rearrange her sock drawer, try on all of the socks and then bring me the ones that were too small.”
—Kim Pyle via Facebook

If Moana Jumped off a Bridge…
“Moana doesn’t sleep in a bed Mommy. I need to sleep on a boat. We should watch the movie and check on that.” -3.5 yo
—Jennifer Fowler via Facebook

Cleanliness Is Not Close to Sleepiness
“‘I had to get up… this play room is a mess and needs cleaned right now,’ says my 3-year-old (as I look around at the toys that are put away in their spots).”
—Stephanie Joy via Facebook

There Seems to Be a Language Barrier
2-year-old, “My bed is embarrassing!”
Me, “Do you know what embarrassing means?”
2-year-old, “No”
—Corey Borgen via Facebook

How Thoughtful of You
“I don’t want to leave you alone.”
—Elizabeth Haugen via Facebook

*Facepalm*
“I’m too tired to go to bed.”
—Matthew Cross via Facebook

What’s the funniest thing your kids ever said to avoid going to bed? Share your favorites in the comments below.