Most parents will tell you that while getting your little ones to bed can be tricky, it’s keeping them in there that is the real task.
So, one tired mum has come up a unique way to ensure her toddler stays in his own bed all night – but it ended up leaving her own husband feeling ‘terrified’.
Meagan Michelle Allen took to TikTok to share her parenting hack, which involved creating a clone of herself using some hair extensions. Yep, it’s kinda’ creepy.
“When you’ve slept in your two year old’s bed for two weeks because it’s time for him to sleep in his own bed but he has separation anxiety but you really want a good night sleep so you make a ‘clone’ for support,” she explained on the video sharing app.
After adding her hair extensions to a cuddly toy monkey, Megan continued: “So this will either go three ways. One – my son will think it’s me and go back to sleep.
“Two – my son will go to cuddle ‘me’ and ‘my hair’ falls off and he screams bloody murder and scarred for life.
“Three – I’ll wake up, forget that I did it and wake the whole neighbourhood up.”
A one out of three chance of success sounds like risky business, but we’re sure exhausted parents will be able to relate.
However, what Meagan hadn’t taken into considered was the effect it would have on her husband when he discovered the makeshift monkey mum lying in their son’s bedroom.
“Babe, what is that?! Get that out! What is that? What the f* is that? Go get that, what the hell is that? What the f* is that?” her husband can be heard shouting in a follow up video.
After explaining what she had done, Meagan’s husband responded: “Oh my god, go get that, are you crazy? What are you trying to do to him? If he sees that and thinks – poor baby.
“He’s going to crawl over to it and start screaming and be traumatised. He’s never going to come to you again. So creepy, I thought it was a girl sleeping there.”
But, the best part is it worked! The couple’s toddler slept like a log for the first time in his own bed. We’d call that a victory.