Who Really Needs the Nap?

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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. 

Why?

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.

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Who Really Needs the Nap?

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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3 comments

  1. allie_cat says:

    i love the time that i have with my baby but some times i need a break too and him napping gives me my time to get my chores and everything done

  2. Nicole says:

    I use nap time to get commission work done. While I’m technically a stay at home mom, I make side money for myself sewing and making art projects for people so nap time is the perfect time to get those things done without interruption. Speaking of which… the Peanut is asleep so it’s time for me to go make money.

  3. emi285 says:

    I love naptime for the same reasons! The days they do not take a nap are horrid, and not just because my schedule gets thrown off, but because they act like ogres until bedtime 🙁

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