Child offers to clean? Sure sign it’s time for a nap

  • Sunday, July 28, 2013

Last week I wrote about trying to teach my kids how to keep it classy while passing gas.

This week Sadie, my 4-year-old, had another sleepover and the next day it came — the dreaded sleepover hangover.

For most of the summer Sadie has been skipping naps. We’ve been too busy at the pool, swimming in creeks and visiting our friends and family to bother. But after staying up until almost 10:30 p.m. recently, Sadie crashed hard the following day.

She screeched at her sisters. She cried when I looked at her. She wouldn’t let her grandmother pick her up. But I knew it was time for a nap when she started crying that she wanted to clean up.

What sorcery is this? I wondered. Begging to clean in lieu of sleeping??


But I wasn’t having any of it. Baby Girl needed a nap — STAT.

So just in case you are a mother of little ones, in that precarious place of to nap or not to nap, here’s a little list to help you spot signs that your kid is ready for a nap. 1) Acting like eye contact is physically painful.

2) Offering to clean or do any sort of household chore.

3) Screaming for whichever parent isn’t in the house. (Classic.)

4) Hissing like a feral cat.

5) Breathing after lunch.

This has been a public service annoucement. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, put them in the bed immediately. Close the door, find a dark corner and a cold drink and breathe deeply.

Robin O’Bryant is an author, humorist and speaker. Her latest book is “Ketchup is a Vegetable and Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves.” Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter and visit her blog at www.robinschicks.com.

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