Part Two of Shhh. It’s Quiet Time.
“Honey, take a nap.”
Some of the best advice my grandmother ever gave me. Yes, young children need a nap. But did you know that mothers need one too?
“You just need to put your feet up for 10 minutes. Even if you don’t go to sleep. As long as you relax for 10 to 15 minutes, you’ll be able to face the crazy hours.”
So I have taken my grandmother’s advice ever since I became a mama. As much as I can.
Now, with children in the house, your quiet time habit must be established. Yes, before embarking on the habit of napping, my five are in their own quiet time spots. (Ideas here)
Once children are secured:
- Find a comfortable spot.
- Put your feet up.
- Put your head back.
- Close your eyes.
- And relax.
- Really. Relax.
- Just 10-15 minutes.
Don’t fret. The laundry will still be there. Trust me. You will get to fix supper for your crew. Relax first. Quiet time and an afternoon nap will give you the ammunition you need to accomplish those necessary tasks.
I am convinced that the world would be a better place if we’d all just take an afternoon nap. Close to supper time, tempers would flare less. Stress would more easily be diffused. All because Mama took a nap. “Ooo weee, girl. I can tell you didn’t get your nap today!”
That’s my prescription. The habit of napping.
I encourage you. Establish quiet time. Then take a nap a day.