I love the word Siesta.
I also love an afternoon nap.
It is something that I seriously crave some days.
Always around 3 - just after picking the kids up from school - I get really tired.
My body wants to rest and I can't.
I need to start the next shift of school snack, homework, after school activities and meal preparation if I have not already done it in the morning. I find if I sit down my body goes into sleep mode and I can't get up again for at least an hour. Over the years I have learnt to space out my day so that I can save some energy for this important time with the kids after school. It does not always work but most days I can get through it alright!
Afternoon sleeps/siesta's are wonderful it you can get them as a mother. It makes a big difference to my day if I can rest my mind and body. I am a happier mother, a more relaxed mother and I can think clearer. I also believe it applies to the children. If they have a siesta they are happier and more likely to follow instructions and have fun for the rest of the afternoon.
I now have no children left who have an afternoon sleep.
I sure miss it.
I am thankful for the weekends and my husband who sometimes helps me to have that all important Saturday Siesta when I need one!