3 a.m. parenting

So last night, the Bumblebee woke up at 3 a.m. with cramps in her legs. She gets them in the summer sometimes, mostly on days that she’s running around outside alot and not drinking enough water. I massaged her legs, gave her some Tylenol, and put a heating pad on her, and she went back to sleep eventually. I couldn’t go back to sleep right away, and while I was awake, I started thinking about the fact that some of my best parenting is done at 2 or 3 in the morning.

It’s the time when I am least likely to get angry, the time that I am most likely to be nurturing and warm. Maybe my own sleep-addled brain is just a nicer person to be around. Maybe it’s that my concern for the kid in question is overriding all other impulses. I wish I could be like that all the time.

I’m crossing my fingers as I post this, ’cause I’ve been having a lot of trouble with blogger.com for the past 24 hours.

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April 5, 2005. thoughtful parenting.

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