Thursday, 14 January 2016
Sleep or Story?
Don't you just love it when children fall asleep with a book? This is my nephew, Jakobi, in kindergarten this year. He's been falling asleep with a book in his hands for a number of years now. Here's proof.
This picture was taken over the Christmas break. I was trying to put him down for his nap, and he kept telling me over and over, "I'm not going to sleep. I'm a big boy now and don't have to."
"Fine, big boy." I said, "So just lie down with some books for a while, and we'll have some quiet time." Which he did, because he loves books. When I looked up from where I was reading a few minutes later he was sound asleep. When I went to put him in a more comfortable position and take off his glasses, he opened his eyes groggily, but fell right back to sleep and slept for a few hours.
I knew trying to convince him that he does need sleep, even at five years old, it would have magically energized him and he would have stayed awake. So, I tried the 'let's just read' approach. Works every time...almost.
I've fallen asleep with books myself, but not in recent years. How about you?