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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Episode 78 (Epilogue): Nap-tacular!

Tonight’s episode focused on napping. Laura and Carmela discussed not only our children’s naps, but also the naps we as parents need to be taking. Our first guest tonight was Elizabeth Pantley. Elizabeth is a mother of four and author of 12 books for parents - including the best-selling No-Cry Solution series, and the world-famous No-Cry Sleep Solution.  Elizabeth shared with us some wonderful information about the importance of naps for babies and young children, and provided tips for parents to learn when their child needs to nap, how long they need to nap for, and when it is time to change their schedule. She also shared advice for breastfeeding mothers, how to avoid “convenience napping” (for example a quick snooze in the car), and creating comfortable spaces for children to facilitate better napping habits. Elizabeth provided a wide range of information that is usefully to any parent, but especially those who may be having some difficultly in the nap department.

Our next guest was Karen Brody. Karen is a creative entrepreneur, crazy about taking naps, writing, and supporting women visionaries to live BOLDly. She mentors women ready to take a leap in their lives who want to make a difference in the world. Karen is also the playwright of the critically acclaimed play BIRTH, which raises money and awareness to change the culture of birth. Since 2006 performances have raised well over $100,000. Karen discussed the importance of napping for parents, particularly mothers, who face extra pressure to “do it all.” Karen highlighted the importance of stepping back from never ending “to-do” lists, and prioritizing the needs of one’s self over tasks which can be done at a later time.  Karen noted the importance of being well-rested and practicing good self-care for preventing burn out, and allowing oneself to function to their best ability. Karen also discussed avoiding guilty feelings about putting one’s health first, and reminded women to frequently tell themselves that they are, in fact,  doing enough.

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