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?

8 comments:

Cynthia Conrad said...

I always read before bed. It relaxes me and helps me fall asleep!

Linda Maendel said...

Same here, Cynthia. There are always books on my bedside table.

Melodie Davis said...

Precious, precious picture, and oh so true of many children.

Linda Maendel said...

Thanks, Melodie! It is precious. Yesterday I had a laugh out moment in my kindergarten class. Jakobi (the boy in the picture) was telling his class mates, "When the flowers start growing, that's when I have a birthday and then I'll be 106 pounds."
Another precious moment!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I've even had my Nook fall out of my hands. Luckily, onto the bed.

Linda Maendel said...

Anon, that could get costly dropping one of those on the floor.

Brenda Fall said...

I have RLS which makes it very difficult to get settled and fall asleep for the night. Reading is a great thing to help with the problem. If I am going to be tossing and turning in bed I might as well be reading.

Linda Maendel said...

I agree, may as read when you can't sleep, Brenda.