I love my kids. You love your kids.
I think we can all agree that this fierce, fathoms-deep affection for our children would prompt us to lay down our lives without a second thought.
They are part of us, whether born of our bodies or chosen through adoption. We would do ANYTHING for their well-being. And, in smaller yet significant ways, we do EVERYTHING for their benefit–all day, every day. We talk, we snuggle, we sing, we teach, we feed, etc. This is all part of the joyous calling of parenthood.
At about 4:00 in the afternoon, a shift occurs.
Honestly, we all just need a break from one another.
This post is more about putting a routine in place that makes our household run more smoothly.
Time to Themselves
It’s been some time since either of our kids took consistent naps. Therefore, we have instituted mandatory afternoon quiet time each day after lunch.
Time to Myself
Now, in the spirit of transparency, it took some doing to make this new habit part of everyone’s routine.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
And the mom grow more patient and relaxed.
And the kids grow less exhausted-to-the-point-of-totally-obnoxious.
How does your family rest and recharge?