Who Really Needs the Nap?
It is a good day for a nap. Unfortunately, no one in my house seems to be taking one today. During infancy and toddlerhood, our daily lives seemed to revolve around naptime. It wasn't just about the health and wellness of my daughter; it was about my mental health as well. Naptime was wonderful. Quiet. It was a chance to empty the garbage, scoop the cat litter, and sometimes even have a cup of tea or take a nap myself.
Yes, I was the kind of mama who scheduled our day around naptime. I was the kind of mama who always planned our outings, always plotting for where and when the kiddo would catch a few Zzzs. A trip to the zoo? Two hours in the morning was perfect. Grocery store? Provided a great after nap outing. Lunch out with friends? Forget about it, at least with the kiddo in tow.
What about you? How important is naptime? Is your kiddo a regular napper? Do you plot and plan your day around your child's naptime?
Whatever your views, it is important to know that early childhood experts conclude that naptime is crucial to the health and wellness of our children.
It's no surprise that a tremendous amount of physical and mental development happens in the earliest years, and naps are one way the body rejuvenates itself during this significant period of growth. And have you dealt with an overly tired kiddo? If you have, you'll definitely agree that lack of sleep takes a toll on a young child's mood (and a mama's patience!) and it also may make it more difficult for the little one to fall asleep at night. Finally, naptime gives us parents a brief respite. Amen.
With all that said, there are days where naptime simply doesn't happen.
Today in our household happens to be one of them.
Maybe tomorrow's naptime will be twice as long?
Only in my dreams.