These Bedtime Stories are Right on the Dot … Or Are They?

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Bedtime is mayhem, is it not? Yes, there are some evenings when your kids just crash out on the couch, and the only effort required to get them to bed is actually moving their limp bodies to their beds. But there are other nights when chaos ensues—teeth refuse to be brushed, bodies refuse to be clad in pajamas, and sleepy little ones refuse to be tucked in. Being a pain in the butt at bedtime is a rite of passage for a child, and having a child that’s a pain in your butt at bedtime is a rite of passage for a parent.

Ya feel me?

But I have found something SO cool that will make your kids want to get ready for bed, specifically the pajama part. There’s this pair of pajamas called (oddly and cliché as it is) Smart PJs that will read bedtime stories to your kids!

No, the jammies weren’t fitted anatomically with a mouth—they were fitted with little dots on the fabric that each tell a story.

Let me explain.

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Have you ever heard of QR codes? You know, the black-and-white squares that look like a postage stamp, and you can scan them with your smartphone? These are essentially the same thing, except they don’t look like ink blots that you would see from your shrink.

Along with the PJs comes an app that scans a particular set of dots. The dots act as a QR code, of sorts, and it will open up, not only the audio of the story, but the text as well, viewable on your phone’s screen, so you can read along with your kiddling in his or her jammies.

Awesome, right?

Well, it depends on who you ask. This could be a really great way to get your children excited for bedtime, and it could save your tired self the effort of reading the book. You’re responsible for holding the phone and cuddling the child.

That’s it.

And that’s what could be the potential problem.

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There’s something endearing when the words of a story come from the mouth of mom or dad, or really anyone whom you care about or who cares about you. This has the potential of getting to the point where mom and dad will send their child into his or her room, smartphone in hand, having to “read” to him or herself.

How ostracizing.

“Yeah, I’m too tired to read to you, so go to your room, scan the braille on your pajamas, and have Siri read you a story.”

Granted, this may sound pretty crass, but technology can be used and abused.

What do you think? Does this sound like a great idea, or is this just an excuse to shirk parental duties? Let me know!

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These Bedtime Stories are Right on the Dot … Or Are They?

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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  1. Stephanie says:

    I think you should read to your child not take the lazy way out and have some device read it for you. It shows your child you care enough to take time out of your night to read to them.

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