The following is an excerpt from Naptime Therapy.
“Just FIFTEEN MINUTES of peace and quiet.
Let’s face it, when you’re taking care of young kids, there are a lot of days when you don’t get a break. Not a real break, anyway.
The following designs are meant to offer quick sessions of relaxation when you do have a short break. These breaks may be taken sitting at the table while children play around your feet, sitting silently in the driveway because you don’t want to wake the child in the back seat or hiding—I mean, regaining your composure in the relative quiet of the bathroom.
A lot of days would be more relaxing with just fifteen minutes of coloring therapy. Days like this:
Once, when my daughter, Isabelle, was three years old, she snuggled up close to me.
Isabelle: Mommy, I love Daddy SOOOOOOOO much!
Me: That’s good, honey.
Isabelle (turning to look at me with almost frightening intensity): I love him aaaaallllllll the way THROUGH HIS BRAIN!
Me (undecided between concern and amusement): Really?Isabelle (settling back down): Yes. I do. And Mommy? (in an off-hand sort of way) I love you, too.
Me (trying not to let the fear creep into my voice): All the way through my brain?
Isabelle: No. I love you UP TO your brain. (Resuming the look of adoration she reserves for her father) But I love Daddy THROUGH his brain!
So, whether it’s from the disappointment of hearing, once again, that I’m not her favorite or from the sheer creepiness of the conversation, it’s time for some therapy.
Take the breaks when you can get ’em. Everyone knows, a relaxed mom is a happy mom”
The following are some of the original designs found in Naptime Therapy.