Dad’s funny parody: Shut up and go to sleep

Where there’s a catchy pop tune, a funny parental parody will inevitably follow. And in that grand tradition comes this hilarious new video from a dad about every parent’s favourite topic – sleep. Sweet, elusive sleep. Or more precisely, why don’t kids love it as much as we do?

Reed Verdesoto’s Shut Up and Go to Sleep takes on Walk the Moon’s Shut Up and Dance, and it’s spot on.

“Woke up (well actually never fell asleep) with a song in my head. What we all want to say to our kids!” he writes in the YouTube description.

You’ll no doubt recognise his words – “no, you don’t need to pee”, “no, you don’t need a drink”, “don’t you dare get up”. “Why does bedtime have to be such a fight?” “Just go to sleep!”

It’s the latest in a long, very amusing line of parody videos by parents. There was this parody of Taylor Swift’s Blank Space, on a day in the life of a mum – heavily featuring coffee and, yep, sleep. Or there’s this one dedicated to helicopter parents, a Holderness family parody of LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem. Or from the same family, this Shut Up and Dance parody about the living hell that is a family road trip. Then there are the books – such as this adults-only bar-hopping version of classic storybook We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

At least we’re all in it together!

Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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