Naps are the best.
I say this as a person, a parent, and a professional childcare provider. Nothing – NOTHING – is a more effective tool in your arsenal than a nap. A nap for you will help you to be focused, patient, and productive. A nap for your kids is developmentally-necessary, plus it makes it easier for them to be pleasant and fun little people.
Ask a cat. Naps are the shit, yo.
It’s one thing I really miss about my pre-child years – the ability to just curl up on the couch with a blanket and have a nap. Last night, for example. I got off work a little early and the sun was shining, so we bundled the kids up and went sledding for an hour before dinner. We had a very simple meal (grilled cheese and Campbell’s tomato soup) and afterwards I felt so sleepy and relaxed… I plopped down in the recliner and grabbed a fuzzy blanket. I could feel that lovely heaviness spreading through my limbs. My eyelids drooped. My breathing slowed…
… and George shoved a foam dinosaur in my face while he yelled MOM I MADE A QUETZALCOATLUS, THAT’S A KIND OF PTERANODON.
… and Harry and Ron started squabbling in the kitchen about the correct way to load the dishwasher.
… and the dog started to whimper because he needed to go to the bathroom.
… and the cats started play-fighting because it’s winter and Mad Max is getting shack-wacky.
… and I knew I had to go out in the cold over icy roads to take Ron to violin lessons.
And thus I shook off the blanket and got up, and in the end I was awake bloody late again, because at bedtime I can’t stop my brain from fretting about the tangerine shit-gibbon to the south of us and end up watching TV far too late.
This of course then means that come the afternoon I’m ready for a nap again.
It makes it that much more infuriating when the littles fight their naps, lemme tell you.
CHILD, DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND THAT NAPS ARE A PLATONIC GOOD??