exciting year it’s been! You peed on the potty at least as
many times as you peed on the floor. You learned how to escape your stroller and sprint towards oncoming traffic. You pulled one sock over half your foot
I don’t care
that you’re “not tired” (usually something you whine bitterly while rubbing your
eyes and yawning). Mommy is tired. And that is just one of many reasons why you
must continue napping, preferably until middle school.
don’t realize what’s at stake here.
After all, when I put you down for a nap, I usually lie to you and tell
you I’m going to take a nap too, because that’s the only way to satisfy your
severe FOMO. But the truth is, your afternoon nap is the key to Mommy’s sanity.
It’s the difference between having a mom like Carol Brady (shall we needlepoint a throw pillow?)
and Betty Draper (be a dear and bring Mommy her martini and cigarettes).
nap is everything.
Your nap is my anger management. Your nap is my Prozac. Your nap is better than chocolate. I beg you, please don't give up your nap.
are dreaming about ice cream dates with Peppa Pig and Suzy Sheep, I
am moving the long-forgotten wash into the dryer, tossing about-to-expire ingredients
into a slow cooker, and doing a few squats and calf raises because I passed my
butt in the mirror this morning and I did not like what I saw.
are clutching your stuffed panda with a blissed out look on
your sleeping face, I am agreeing to volunteer for the potluck and donate to
the clothing drive and organize a toddler dance class. Without your nap, I very much
doubt I would be so agreeable.
you are drooling softly in your pillow palace, I am writing checks, clearing the lunch
plates, talking to customer service and squeezing an 8-hour work day into roughly
45 minutes (this is why they pay me the small bucks).
I also do all of my self-care, which might include
showering, watching last week’s "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and closing my eyes for a few moments of quiet meditation (aka daydreaming about a deck chair in the Caribbean).
If you give up your nap, I fear we will live in squalor and eat nothing but cheese
and crackers. Maybe that doesn't sound so bad to you, but do you know what would sound
bad? The yelling. I anticipate a sharp uptick in shrill maternal screeching. Your nap is my anger management. Your nap is my Prozac. Your nap is better than chocolate. I beg you, please don't give up your nap.
Your Mom Who Needs You to Nap, in Case That Wasn't Clear
Getting enough sleep is a key part of happy parenting—for Baby as well as mothers. However, many moms know that getting their children to nap properly can be anything but dreamy. Elizabeth Pantley, the author of "The No-Cry Nap Solution" and "The No-Cry Sleep Solution" among other respected parenting books, took the time to chat with Mom.me about the healthy, simple ways to get your child to nap properly (and for you to catch as many zzz's as possible). Sweet dreams!