Do you ever take a nap during the day? Or wish you could take one? Ours is no longer a noisy house with kids running round. It’s mostly just me and my husband, so it’s fairly quiet. So these days I often find myself taking an accidental nap. I’m sitting comfortably on the couch, and then mysteriously find myself waking from a little nap.

I remember the days when naps were very important. We have two boys born 20 months apart and when the younger one was a new baby, the older one was still not sleeping all night. In fact we went through a stage when he was awake in the middle of the night for about two hours on a regular basis. I knew I would struggle getting up with two kids, so my husband said he would get up at night with the new baby. Guess what? The baby started sleeping through the night before his older brother.

There was a year or so when they would both take a two hour nap in the afternoon at the same time, or pretty close. How I needed that nap time! Did I use it usefully? Clean house, make meals, do laundry? Nope. I lay on the couch and watched junky soap operas. One Life to Live and General Hospital. Nothing much happened from one episode to the next and that was OK. My body needed a rest and my brain was not interested in being intellectually stimulated.

I had two kids, some of you have more and are coping with all the normal child-rearing fun and drama, plus the added burden of covid-19, perhaps home schooling, perhaps working from home, being stuck inside etc etc.  So give yourself a break if you need it. Take some me time – whether it means watching junky soaps like I did, reading a book, or taking a long bath. The cleaning and laundry can wait.

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