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Dear 2-Year-Old,

What an exciting year it’s been! You peed on the potty at least as many times as you peed on the floor. You learned how to escape your stroller and sprint towards oncoming traffic. You pulled one sock over half your foot “BY MYSELF.”

I get it: you’re a big girl now, and you have some demands.

You want to eat at the table instead of in your high chair, even if it means Mommy’s on constant spill patrol? Fine.

You want to choose your own sleepwear, which according to you is a ballet tutu? Sure, ok.

You want to play all day and never ever take a nap? Not happening, girlfriend.

I don’t care that you’re “not tired” (usually something you whine bitterly while rubbing your eyes and yawning), Mommy is tired. And that is just one of many reasons why you must continue napping, preferably until middle school.

You probably don’t realize what’s at stake here. After all, when I put you down for a nap, I usually lie to you and tell you I’m going to take a nap too, because that’s the only way to satisfy your severe FOMO. But the truth is, your afternoon nap is the key to Mommy’s sanity. It’s the difference between having a mom like Carol Brady (shall we needlepoint a throw pillow?) and Betty Draper (be a dear and bring Mommy her martini and cigarettes).

Your nap is everything. KEEP READING AT MOM.ME THANKS!

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