Skip Nav
Holiday For Kids
More Than 50 of the Best Gifts For 8-Year-Olds in 2018
Ellen DeGeneres
Move Over, Oprah! Ellen DeGeneres Has Her Own List of 15 Favorite Things For Fall
Cats
31 Cats Sitting on Santa's Lap That May or May Not Be Poised to Attack
Gifts For Men
12 Gift Ideas For the Dad Who Says He Wants Nothing
Babies
The Best Gifts For Infants in 2018

Mom Napping During Kid's Soccer Game

This Mom Fully Napping at a Kid's Soccer Game Is the Real MVP, Deserves All the Trophies

Every night for the past week, I've turned on the same Netflix episode only to fall asleep 15 minutes in. I nodded off in the car (passenger side, don't worry!) both to and from my kid's doctor appointment, and I'm not going to lie: I sat down and closed my eyes in the shower the other day. I'm just. So. Tired.

Which is why, if I had more energy, I'd give a standing ovation to the mom in this Facebook photo shared by writer Glennon Doyle. She was (barely) in attendance at their kids' soccer game and is nothing short of a national treasure.

I'll let Glennon recount what she witnessed first-hand:

Whilst the other parents stood loudly and earnestly and concernedly on the sidelines: this mother laid her body down on the ground, her head on her purse, and her blanket over her face — and napped.

Her entire existence said: I am showing up for my kid. But I'm not gonna pretend I'm not exhausted about it.

Please understand that periodically — when the sideline yelled and woke her from her warrior sleep — she would raise that little thumb of hers and say: 'Yay.' And then she'd go back to sleep. I love her. She is a cultural icon for our time.

Sure, the moms who show up, hopped up on double-shot espressos and ready to cheer motivating truisms with intention, are also to be commended. Of course. It's hard to be "on" all the time, to be "present" and to do all the "right" things for our kids.

ADVERTISEMENT

But I'd venture to say it's just as hard, if not harder, to show up and sleep. OK, OK — I can attest that falling asleep on wet grass is no problem for a sleep-deprived mama, but what's hard here is to care enough about one's own state of body and mind to practice some legit self-care in the face of likely judgment from every single other parent on the sidelines. In 2018, that takes guts.

"Here's to women who freaking rest when we're tired. May we know them. May we raise them. May we be them," Glennon concluded. "I would like to formally nominate this hero as the president elect of our Women Who Have Run Out of Effs to Give Club. There will be no meetings."

That hour will be used for falling asleep while doing the bedtime routine.

From Our Partners
Baby Shark Elf on the Shelf
How Long Does It Take to Poop Out a Lego?
Christmas According to Kids Video
Man Dressed as Buddy the Elf Has Pillow Fights
Kourtney Kardashian Coparenting Photo With Scott Disick
Twitter Reactions to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Movie
Mom's Post on How Parenting Is an Emotional Rollercoaster
T Shirt For Mom Who Loves Target
WowWee Pinkfong Baby Shark Plush Song Dolls
Shiraz on the Shelf Holiday Wine Gift For Adults
Funny Elf on the Shelf Ideas
Kids Scared of Santa
From Our Partners
Latest Family
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds