Are the kids begging to stay up till midnight tonight to see in the New Year? If you're wondering how in heck you'll persuade them to hit the sack at a reasonable time instead - or, indeed, how to stay awake past 10pm yourself - then help is at hand.
NBC News reports:
Parents who don't feel like staying up until midnight on New Year's Eve can turn to Netflix for help. The streaming service is releasing a bevvy of video countdowns featuring characters from shows such as "Care Bears & Cousins," "Inspector Gadget" and more.
A Netflix-sponsored study, however, found that 58 percent of parents around the world put their kids to bed early on New Year's Eve. In the U.S., 49 percent of parents said their ideal countdown time was around 9 p.m.
So if you can't face letting the kids stay up late on New Year's Eve then you need only tee up Netflix, hand them a cup of something fizzy, and try to keep a straight face as you count down the seconds until 2016 at whatever hour of the evening you prefer.
Personally I could never do this to my kids - I'd feel like a total fraud. But if you swear by a 'fake' countdown on New Year's Eve in order to keep the kids happy without having to actually stay up past your bedtime, we'd love to hear all about it on our Facebook page. How do you share New Year's Eve with your little ones? Tell us all about your plans.