We work our children (and ourselves) very hard around here. There is always lots to do – animals to feed, stalls to clean, gardens to weed, bread to bake, laundry to fold, dishes to wash, children to bathe, dirt to shovel, soap to bag, books to study, toilets to plunge, and… (well, you get the idea).
Because our children work hard, they’re also really good at playing hard. There is always lots to do – trees to climb, bases to run, balls to hit, holes to dig, brothers to wrestle, Dad to tackle, bikes to ride, chickens to chase, arrows to shoot, ropes to jump, swings to swing, slides to slide, mud to sculpt, frisbees to throw, and… (well, you are getting the idea, right?)
All of this activity makes for some tired children. Jim has a bedtime saying, “If you aren’t tired enough to sleep, you haven’t worked hard enough.” Needless to say, it’s not usually a problem around our house.
There are many nights when the children go to bed and I’ll go in 5 minutes later to tuck them in and they are already asleep. This happened the other night, only when I went in, I found Emery sleeping like this:
Now THAT is tired. 😀