Too tired to cope
Have you seen how a young child wakes up, full of energy and ready for a new day? If they are in a routine where they get enough nourishment,
They become demanding, whiney, don’t know what they want, and eventually can’t be comforted. If this goes on too long, they push away the very things they need- food, sleep. Now add in a sleep-deprived parent, and you end up with two children, crying and unreasonable! This is a recipe for high stress situations, that generally end in disaster. Coping means you have enough resources to meet the demands of being a parent, juggling work and home, and just daily urban living. One of the most critical resources to have in good supply, is to have slept at least 7 hours per night, as consistently as possible. Before you protest that getting this kind of sleep is unrealistic, pause a moment and ask yourself: how do I feel about the day and it’s demands when I have had decent sleep, even if it’s only 6 (solid) hours? How do I react to niggles and hassles when I’m rested versus tired? Do I run out of energy for coping by mid-morning because I’m so tired, or can I manage the whole day when I’ve had enough sleep? How does a child behave, when they have had enough sleep? If you are not a parent, please find a mall or family event, observe the tired kids and tired adults, and see if you can really tell the difference between them!