Thursday: “Essay”Posted: March 22, 2012
Last week I wrote a post on how my younger son has given up his nap — and on how easy it has been for me to embrace this shift. I finished the essay, left my office, ran a couple errands, and went to his school to pick him up. The note from his teacher was, as always, tucked into the top of his cubby. I pulled it out and gave it a quick scan. In the upper left corner was the “no nap list” and my son’s name was mysteriously missing. He had a sub that day, so I assumed there must have been some mistake. I found the sub, and asked her if, indeed, the “no nap list” was accurate. “Why yes!” she replied. “He napped hard, maybe for two hours.” How often this happens in parenting, and particularly when related to sleep, that you think you have conquered something, or solved the issue, or moved on, and your child is right there tugging at your sweater, wrapping his body around your calf, reminding you that you are not in control. You never were. You’re just along for the ride.