25 February 2010

Smart Napping



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I love naps. I don’t understand why it’s a battle almost every time to get Josh to nap. Yes, he is already 5 years old, but I think he benefits from napping –even just a short half-hour one. He had napped regularly with no problem until he was 4. Then the “I don’t want to nap” and the “Napping is so boring!” started.

The problem with no naps is that Josh becomes McCranky, McWhiny, McGrumpy, and McFrownie all rolled into one towards dinner time. Not fun, especially the McWhiny part.
On afternoons when I get to drive him to his activities, he would manage to nap a bit in the car and even those short naps help. He’s just a totally different child when he naps.

I’ve resorted to a little bit of creative persuasion to get him to nap. I just read an article last week about how even 15-minute naps can do wonders, not just for our physical health but for our mental health, too. So, I wasn’t exactly making it up when I told him that he gets smarter when he naps. Thing is, when he wakes up (usually 1 to 1.5 hours later), I would put my hand on his head for a few seconds and then marvel aloud at how he’s grown a bit smarter already. What? I have to do whatever it takes, okay?

So, since last week, he’s been having his Smart Naps in the afternoon after lunch. And I’ve been enjoying the cheerful, happy boy that he is when he gets his nap. I wonder how long this will last.

18 COMMENTS:

Joanne Choi said...

Buckeroo - have you read the book Nurture Shock yet? That book really touts the importance of sleep - that 15 minutes of extra sleep have a tremendous impact on achievement and help kids actually retain more with more sleep. (something learning it that day, and then while sleeping it gets filed away to somewhere important.) Very important. SO congrats to Josh for that.

Me - I could probably use some more sleep. An extra 15 minutes affects me, and perhaps the reason I haven't learned anything new since having children is because I am not sleeping enough to retain anything. Sigh.

jen@odbt said...

I LOVE naps! If they only knew...

Love the picture of Josh - makes me smile!

Imperfect Stepford Wife said...

How cute. I have a napper who is 10 years old, and she is much happier than her sister.

Nezzy said...

I love it...smart naps! I'm just not able to take naps..hummmm that says a lot! Heeeheeehe! Great ingenuity comin' up with the 'smart nap'...my motto...whatever works! :o)

God bless and enjoy nap time!!!

Sarah said...

Brilliant!

CottageGirl said...

Isn't that the sweetest picture! Josh is just adorable!

We have two almost three year old grandchildren who seem to be back into the nap mode after fighting them for several months! Everyone is much happier now!

Menopausal New Mom said...

Smart momma!!! I should start taking a few naps myself, I could use some extra brainpower!

J. L. W. said...

Smart naps-I love it! Naps are a mamma's best friend. That is the cutest picture. He must have been really tired to fall asleep eating a chicken nugget.

Aunt LoLo said...

Oh, yea for naps!!

BBJ has given hers up. *sigh* We had a good run, though! If we're ever in the car after about 4:30 pm, though, she's almost sure to fall asleep for a few minutes. On the other hand, when she doesn't nap, she goes right to sleep at night. Yea!

Catherine Anne said...

how sweet

Alicia said...

LOL, love that picture of him eating a partial nugget!! Too cute!!

My kids stopped napping at an early age.

Lindy said...

Nothing like a Sunday afternoon, a thunderstorm and a nap. That's the good life!

Mommy24cs said...

Carson gave up on naps a long time ago LOL. Every once in awhile he will fall asleep on the couch in the afternoon but not very often.

I love the picture of Josh! So cute with the chicken nugget haha.

Thanks for the birthday wishes for Carson. : )

Rose Belle said...

My problem with making my four year old take her naps when she was younger was she didn't sleep until midnight which was horrendous for me since I have to get up at 6am. She doesn't take naps now. She has about 10 hours of sleep per day..goes to bed at 9pm and wakes up at 7am for preschool.

Wanda said...

Brilliant. It seems you've been getting your naps lately too!
:)

tattytiara said...

AW! That's so cute!

Dandy said...

This one made me laugh out loud! I seriously love that he values being smart so much though :)

Allison said...

That photo is so cute. I love it when kids fall asleep while eating.

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