Thursday, May 23, 2013

Summertime and the Napping is Easy

This post is part of the series introducing you to my co-authors of the best-selling book "I Just Want to Pee Alone".

You guys. You're going to love this blog. Say good bye to the next 45 minutes. Here's more about the lady behind Naps Happen:

Alicia is best known for her blog Naps Happen,  where she curates an ever-expanding selection of hilarious children's nap photos. Proving the popularity of a good snooze, her blog has been featured online in publications such as the Huffington Post and Parade and on parenting websites, including Babble, Babycenter, and Nickmom and she also was voted into the Circle of Moms Top 25 Funny Mom Blogs in 2011 and 2012. When she's not blogging, Alicia spends her time wrangling two small boys and teaching college writing in the suburbs of Washington D.C. 

If you have any great naps you want to share (especially ones having to do with theme parks, Disney World or summer vacation spots), pretty please send them to Alicia at:

Don't you look forward to those lazy summer afternoons ahead?

Lounging in a hammock?

Sipping lemonade and listening to the crickets?

Dozing in the sun?

Yeah. Me neither. Summer as a parent ain't quite as lounge-tastic as it once was.

However, the fact that Mom doesn't get a nap (in any season) doesn't stop kids from grabbing forty winks. If your summer schedule wreaks havoc on your child's nap routine, never fear. My extremely scientific (cough cough) studies of juvenile nappers show that kids will get those snoozes somewhere...with or without the benefit of a bed and a dark room.
First of all, gardening is very tiring. You have to take breaks when you're doing this stuff, people!
Gardening should be followed by beauty...errr...BOOTy sleep.
Taking off your gardening gear is optional, of course. The charming daughter of blogger James at The Rock Father prefers to be ready to weed on a moment's notice.
I like to match my outfits to my ottoman when possible.
It's important to stay hydrated in the summer. Admittedly, I think some flowers may have be abandoned while still thirsty.
Deck planks double as a sauna.
Of course, summer shouldn't be just work, work, work. Resting in a swing is key to enjoying yourself!
Tired swing. Ha ha. Get it?
Or you can snooze by the pool. Or in the pool. the pool inside your house.
Be sure to have plans for rainy days. Indoor pools are ideal.
If you do have to be inside, there's no reason to miss out on wearing your stylish shades, you know. Blogger Beta Dad's daughter finds that the proper accessories guarantee sunny dreams.
Pay attention to your summer sleeping style...
At the end of a long day, who doesn't love to throw a few hot dogs on the grill? Or take their dogs...under the grill?
The grill's not really on. I swear. See? Dog is not cooked.
However you choose to wile away those summer days, be sure to be well-rested. We can guarantee your kids will be...

To see hundreds of crazy kid naps or submit your own, visit Naps Happen or follow on FacebookTwitterPinterest, or Instagram.

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  1. 3M REFUSES to nap and when she does it is in bed or her car seat. I think I have 2 pictures of her napping in other places- the couch and a chair. I wasn't even taking pics to document where she was sleeping but the fact that she was actually sleeping.That is about the extent of her creative nap spots! I feel ripped off....LOVE these pics.

  2. LOL, these are fantastic.. My daughter once fell asleep in her power wheels jeep whilst she was driving it backwards in a circle, kept it going for a good five minutes until her foot finally slipped off the "gas" pedal...

  3. These always crack me up! I love the gardening snooze!

  4. When I was that age, there are numerous random nap pictures, including one of me in my frilly blue birthday dress, sound asleep curled up in a laundry basket.

  5. Too cute! I have one of my (then) 4 year old asleep in the Target shopping cart. He was tired of walking and my (then)2 year old was already riding in the seat, so I put him in the basket and he fell asleep there! They crack up whenever they see that picture now!




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