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The Inconvenient Napper

I think I’ve discovered my oldest son’s super power.

He can’t fly. He doesn’t have x-ray vision and he can’t lift enormously heavy things. No, no, my son’s super power is none of those things.

My son Miles, who turns 4 next month, is able to sense the most inconvenient time and occasion to nap and then quickly drop into a sound sleep at that time.

For example, this afternoon we needed to make a quick run to the bank, a short 8-mile drive from our house. We had already had Nap/Quiet Time at our house and ate our afternoon snacks, so I thought everyone would be happy and cheerful and ready to run an errand. Halfway there, I realized the singing from the backseat had stopped and sure enough, Miles was conked out in his carseat.

This special power might come in handy if we are ever in danger of being attacked by bears and need to play dead. Or maybe he’ll get an acting gig in a commercial for a sleep-related product like Breathe Right strips. But in the absence of those opportunities, it’s only mildly irritating. The most frustrating thing is that this shows me he still needs naps. Maybe not every day, but many days he is tired in the afternoons and Quiet Time (laying on his bed watching a movie or playing iPad but being still and quiet) might not be cutting it.

Have any of you dealt with an Inconvenient Napper of your own? Is there any solution or do I just need to grin and bear it?

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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.


  1. Krista, I can relate to this problem.  Ry tends to to the same thing; she doesn’t always need a nap, but if you get her in a car at the right time of day (ie on the way to dance class every week!), she will fall fast asleep.  All of the loud singing and conversation pieces from the front seat I can come up with are no help at all…Let me know if you solve the problem!

  2. Haha, yeah we do that too! “Miles! Don’t fall asleep, buddy! Let’s sing! OOh look at that!!” “Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”