Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Daily Rest

Here's another Parents' Review article to get your minds working. This one is called Simple Things - A Daily Rest (again, about Mother Culture). I hope you enjoy it! I'll be back in a few days to share my thoughts on it, and hopefully hear yours as well :)


Unknown said...

it seems the link isn't working...

Jacci said...

Thanks for the heads up, Jeaneen :) It should be working now.

Phyllis said...

My thoughts on this article:
Yes! Although, I usually use my time while my children are napping to read or do something for myself. That kind of counts as resting, but there are days when I would do better to actually close my eyes and go to sleep. I don't like to do that, because then it feels like I don't get any time to myself. Sometimes it would be better, though.

I am often the mother mentioned who "collapses utterly with a headache at five" but I still wonder about the practicality of napping. How do you do it and still have some time to read or whatever by yourself? Or how do you do it at all? My little ones still nap, but if I lie down--it's like Murphy's Law--they're sure to wake up.

Unknown said...

Hi Jacci,
Rest time has been a must in my home since even before kids! :-) I need time alone and time to sleep so when my youngest naps and my eldest plays in her room/sleeps I use that time to spend time reading my Bible, reading e-mails or just collapsing on the bed for a sleep! I totally agree rest time is important-but I also think it's relevant to you as an individual-me, I need more than a half hour to feel recharged. 10 minutes would definitely not help me on a particularly tiring day ;-)
On the other hand I have also been learning recently that if I must forego my rest time that it shouldn't be a train smash for me. Learning to rest in the Lord in the midst of a storm often means he provides me with the energy to go on without *my* rest time.
Thanks for posting the link!

Heather said...

I also have a resting time each day that is necessary to my continued sanity. My kids either nap or have a quiet time in their rooms, depending on their age, and I spend 30 minutes napping, and the remainder of the time reading the Bible and using the computer. I really need that half hour nap, especially when I have a baby to take care of at night. I've toyed with the idea of shortening the quiet time when my oldest is ready for 1st grade so we can have more time for school without the smaller ones around, but I don't think that would be a good idea. My "alone time" each day really allows me to recharge and be ready to take care of the little ones all afternoon.

However, I have to agree with what Nikki said about resting in the Lord. I tend to guard my quiet time so jealously that it can become an idol that I selfishly feel like I can't do without.