With a title like that you might be expecting something like research stats on the importance of napping for kiddos. But, that is NOT what we’re talking about today. Nope. We are talking about the importance of napping for parents!
I have 3 little boys (ages 6 and under) and for the past year, we’ve had almost no days with joint nap times. With a newborn and the oldest’s first year in school, I found myself being way more frazzled than usual, especially late in the afternoon. By the time my husband came home, I couldn’t wait for him to take over some of the responsibility. For a while, I couldn’t figure out why I was at my wits-end on so many days. Then I realized that for the prior two years I could typically count on at least an hour a day of nap time. But, this past year, it just didn’t work out, especially since Big Brother was only in half-day kindergarten. What naptime we got usually looked like this on the couch: Baby Brother would wake up just as Little Brother fell asleep. Or, I would have to wake them to go pick up Big Brother. Once Big Brother got home, Little Brother wouldn’t nap. We did a full year of that. And, then….
Big Brother started first grade this week. I was sad about the new school year starting and nervous about him being gone all day. But, a miracle has happened…we’re back on a wonderful napping schedule. And, it’s bliss! I had forgotten the importance of joint nap time. That hour or two of quiet during the day is a game changer for me. I’m not as frazzled, not as stressed. I’ve been able to take a shower in peace, workout, and even have 10 minutes to just “rest my eyes” in total quiet. And, ultimately, what that all equates to is a better mom! So, I am rejoicing in our new-found schedule and the return of my old friend the joint nap time.
Is nap time important at your house?