We've all been there: You're driving your toddler home from a friend's house or a relative's or a morning spent at Gymboree, and you glance in your rear-view mirror for a quick peek at your little angel in the backseat, only to see eyes closed, head slowly drooping to the side.
Oh HAIL no! Why do all kids somehow have the uncanny ability to fall asleep for like 10 minutes in the car, then wake up and sail right past their afternoon nap like they just slept for 10 hours? And let's be honest, no nap means no 'me time' for mama.
Which is why we can't stop watching this hilarious video created by award-winning author and speaker Bunmi Laditan—she wrote "The Honest Toddler" and "Toddlers are A$*holes"—called "Trying to Keep Your Toddler From Falling Asleep in the Car."
"Hey! Whatcha doin' there, Sleepyhead?" the video begins, as Laditan, who's seated at the wheel, glances over her shoulder into the backseat. "We don't fall asleep in the car!"
To keep her little one up, Laditan first tries opening the windows to "get a nice breeze going." Then she offers her kid some M&Ms. And when I say "offer," I mean she starts throwing them to her toddler in the backseat. Smooth! When, shockingly, that doesn't seem to work, Laditan starts busting out her beat-boxing skills.
Pretty impressive, Mama!
But not impressive enough to keep her kid from nodding off. So mom then tries pointing out a plane flying overhead.
"There's a plane," she says excitedly. "Oh, wow! There's THREE planes. And there's a bear on each of them. And each bear is on fire! Oh, wow. Stay awake, baby! Stay awake! Good babies don't sleep in the car."
But wait...there's more! Because the determined mom then busts out three yellow balls and starts juggling. At the wheel. "Betcha didn't know Mommy could juggle," she quips, expertly tossing the balls in the air. "Don't make me crash this car. Stay awake. We're almost there." (Don't worry, it's just a joke and she's not really driving the car.)
Next up: She starts singing the ABC's. "A-B-C-D-E-F-G," she begins. "'Me time' is very important every day."
Personally, I would have gone with "Very important to me," since that would have rhymed. But who am I to judge? My kids never dozed off in the car even when I wanted them to.
Eventually, the frustrated mom reaches her limit and decides to try SCARING her kid awake by donning a Nightmare on Elm Street-style hockey mask. "Mommy's Jason," she says. "If you kill my 'me time,' I'm gonna kill Mr. Bear. That's how it's gonna go down."
Still, even the crazy scare tactics didn't work. Because when the car finally arrives safely at home... the baby is naturally sound asleep.
Of course, we never actually see the "baby" in the video. But still. I could watch this hilarious clip over and over again. What about you?