The Great Sleep Debate

by Rumour Miller on September 3, 2009

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It’s seems us Mama’s are always talking about sleep. Mostly how we aren’t getting any and our kids are fighting it. When will they learn to love sleep?

I am fond of sleep. I think it’s great. Not to mention how good it is for you.
I know we all have our struggles with getting our kids to bed or winning the nap battle but rarely do we give up on that. I mean, we don’t let our kids stay up all night long. So despite my very own struggles with sleep and the bedtime routine and even the nap, I just do not understand parents that intentionally keep their children up late. I don’t understand why they do this to themselves or their children.
From my (limited) experience, the children that I do know who live on late nights and little or no naps, are miserable. Don’t get me wrong, they are not bad kids, the are TIRED. They are whiny, clingy, don’t listen well and throw tantrums. They are not bad. They are tired. I know this because I see the exact same traits in my children when they have been up late or haven’t had a proper nap.
So here is my point… I do not like spending my time with tired children. I do not like spending my time with friends with tired children. It is not fun. Not fun for me, Craig or my kids and I am sure it is not fun for the parents of the tired children and the tired children.
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sky girl September 4, 2009 at 8:36 am

Sleep issues are never ending in this house. I looooong for the days of kids that'll sleep through anything.

Heather September 15, 2009 at 4:39 am

I agree with you wholeheartedly. Children need their sleep. I don't even like how my almost 9 year old acts the day after she had a late night. Funny thing is she used to fight afternoon naps from the time she was 3. I used to tell her that she'd miss them someday. Sure enough a week after starting afternoon Kindergarten, she said she wishes she could take naps again. I did say "I told you so!"

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