Netflix may have ruined December with "Bird Box" but they're redeeming themselves by helping parents get the kids to bed early on New Year's Eve.

I'm just gonna say it: I haven't stayed up to ring in the New Year since...1999? (I just wanted to see if that Y2K stuff was real.) When my kids were old enough to understand the concept of New Year's, but still too young to stay up that late without being seriously cranky the next day - it was a bit of a struggle to get them to go to sleep. After all, they wanted to be part of the fun.

Enter the geniuses at Netflix. On December 26, they launched 14 on-demand countdowns, each about 1-2 minutes long. They’re all based on Netflix’s original kids and family shows, including characters from “The Boss Baby: Back in Business,” “All Hail King Julien,” “Tales of Arcadia” and “Spirit Riding Free” — as well as “Fuller House,” “Beat Bugs,” “Pinky Malinky,” “Super Monsters,” “Motown Magic,” “True and the Rainbow Kingdom,” “Larva Island,” “Skylanders Academy,” “Prince of Peoria,” and “Alexa & Katie.” Each of them end with your very own countdown to 2019, according to Variety.

This way the kids get to be part of the celebration, and Mom and Dad get to celebrate on their own...or just go to bed early, too.

Pretty sure that's what I'll be doing. Here's to starting to 2019 well-rested.

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