Dear Children everywhere,
This is your dear Auntie Jess here, writing to tell you something very important.
The secret I am about to disclose upon your perfectly tiny ears is something that, if you heed its advice, will stand you in good stead all the days of your life. It will make your mummy and daddy happy, your friends happy, your teachers happy and even little old ladies on the street happy.
And when people are happy they buy you presents.
So, in theory, what I am about to tell you, will get you new toys.
Sleep, is not for the weak.
Sleep is good .
Now I know, dear children that from your view point, all the evidence points to the contrary. The world is a fun and exciting place, and there are lots of things to see, do and eat. There are fun shows on TV and pretty books to read. Toy cars that need to be played with, and baby dolls that must be pushed in their strollers. There is Playdough to build with, and sand to throw around the house, and so much yummy food to sneak out of the fridge when you think no one is looking.
And that’s before you even take your mummy and daddy into consideration! They are the most fun of all! A captive audience who provides all your hearts desires, listens, and amazingly understands what you say!
And let’s not forget the cuddles. No one cuddles like your mummy or daddy, or makes you feel so safe and loved inside.
But, dear little children, sometimes those mummy and daddy’s aren’t perfect. Sometimes they yell, and get cranky, and forget to buy you presents.
And it’s usually because they are tired.
Mummy’s and Daddy’s need sleep too.
It’s not that they don’t like being up until midnight with you dissecting the latest plot story of Grey’s Anatomy which they have been waiting to watch for two weeks, on their own without any distractions.
It’s not that they don’t love being kicked in all manner of places as you try out your athleticism in their bed in the middle of the night.
And it’s not because they don’t relish the thought of being up at five every morning and having a discussion about just how dark it really is.
It’s just that they they need sleep.
Just like you.
That’s just the way the Jesus made us.
The problem is, when you don’t sleep, you get cranky. And when you’re cranky, it’s not as much fun to play cars or push dolls or sneak chocolate out of the fridge. (Ok that’s always fun.)
And then when you are tired and cranky, it makes mummy’s tired and cranky. And then they get snappy and yell and you get sad and they feel bad and it all turns into a vicious cycle that can only possibly be solved with the sneaking of cocoa flavored products from the refrigerator.
Which becomes impossible to do, when there is a tired, clingy child on your heels screaming for the treat too.
And, dear children, if there is another important pearl of wisdom I can pass on to you it is this: do not get in the way of a tired, cranky mummy and her chocolate.
That will not end well.
So in order to maybe requisition some lovingly gifted confectionary of your own, it is imperative, for the sake of all people everywhere, that YOU SLEEP!
Just try it.
When you’re told it’s bed time, lie down, close your eyes and leave the nice lady alone for a little while.
And then, for bonus points, stay in bed until the smiley face tells you it’s ok to get up. And it will be a smiley face, cause nothing makes a mummy happier than when little (or not so little people) sleep.
Don’t worry about what you’re missing out on. It’s not that exciting. In fact mummy and daddy are probably sleeping too, after maybe getting the opportunity to have a special cuddle together, now that you are not trying to mark your territory on their person.
If you follow my advice, dear children, I can assure you the world will be a much happier place, and you can pretty much wrap it around your tiny little finger. Mummy’s are pretty soft like that.
Lots of love,