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bedtime story

1. A book or story that a child is read or told before going to sleep. The kids always clamor for one more bedtime story—anything to avoid having to go to sleep.
2. A lie or made-up story. I know he's telling me bedtime stories to avoid admitting his mistakes.
See also: bedtime, story

fairy tale

and bedtime story
n. a simplistic and condescending explanation for something; a lie. I don’t want to hear a fairy tale, just the facts, ma’am. I’ve already heard your little bedtime story. You’ll have to do better than that!
See also: fairy, tale

bedtime story

See also: bedtime, story
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A study has shown kids who had regular bedtimes were better at languages, reading and maths than those who did not.
Stay calm and make sure that any other adults who are involved in bedtimes stick to the same system.
Adam stars as Skeeter Bronson in Bedtime Stories - just out on DVD - and he admits he's a lover of tall tales.
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Nick JR, the popular preschool tv channel (Sky 615, Virgin 715), has teamed up with Geri Halliwell to give storytellers of all ages the chance to have their own bedtime story featured on the channel in november, via its nationwide campaign once upon a bedtime.
For families that are disorganized or multi-stressed, helping parents find ways to increase regularity of bedtimes and sleeping arrangements may require some problem-solving.
Keep consistent bedtimes and wake times all week long.
Daily diary-reported bedtimes were used to calculate four measures of sleep timing: mean bedtime, bedtime variability, bedtime delay and bedtime advance.
Late school year bedtimes in both Waves I and II were also tied to lower grade point averages, though summer bedtimes had no association with lower grades.
14 ( ANI ): A new study has revealed that children, who have regular bedtimes, are considerably less likely to have behavioral and emotional problems as compared to the kids who go to bed at odd hours.
Giving young children regular bedtimes could help boost their brain power, a new study suggests.
However, any parent knows that early bedtimes and longer sleeping times for children lead to improved parental mood and increased family harmony.
But if your little darling has other ideas, bedtimes can rapidly turn into a battleground.
Those with earlier bedtimes registered a greater initial spike and steeper decline in cortisol when faced with stress, compared to girls with later bedtimes.