Monday, June 4, 2012
Small children must have naps, and a bedtime. They need a routine that helps protect their health, nerves, and well-being. We take excellent care of our little ones, but spoil ourselves with too much indulgence. In this modern world, we Mothers are sleeping less than ever. We are so occupied with a great many distractions. This is taking away our ability to have sufficient rest.
When I was a child, we had never heard of VCRs or DVD players. If we watched the one television set that was in our home (other than the small, portable for when someone was ill), we turned it off at a certain hour. Our parents went to bed at the same time each night. We children had our own bedtimes as well.
In Grandmother's day, the electricity was only used minimally. No one would dream of using the lights, or other items, late into the night unless there was some kind of emergency. The radio (if the family had one) was shut off at a certain time. Families would read together, visit, Knit, play the piano, or play games. It used to be that when the streetlights came on, it was time to wind down the day. Families had dinner, clean up, and a short break in the living room. Bedtime soon followed.
Lately, I have been so guilty of not getting enough rest. I am staying up far too late because there is so much to occupy my time and thoughts. This is making me less productive! This is taking away some peaceful joy. Sufficient sleep is a necessity, and we mothers must have a routine, just like the children.
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