I have said it before and I will say it again. And again. And again. Our day revolves around our son's nap schedule and bed time. On the occasional day when he does not take his nap or his nap is not long enough, we all feel it for the rest of that day and sometimes into the next day as well.
We took a trip to New York and purposely scheduled the flights around our son's nap time. Turns out that it did not matter because he was the mayor on the plane. He smiled, waved, and high-fived anyone in the vicinity. He did not sit still the entire plane ride. He did not nap. He did not even come close. And as any parent knows, when their child's nap schedule is off for the day the best they can do is duck and cover and hope that the storm blows over.
And as can be predicted, our son was not in the mood to go to sleep at his normal time that night and was not in the mood to sleep to his usual time either. 5:45 am came and he was awake and ready to go. We could not even go down for the hotel breakfast because it was too early. His early rise gave way to a morning nap and an afternoon nap which got us back on schedule. At least somewhat.
He is still well behaved even when he is past his point, but there is no reason for us to push our lucky. Which is why I never quite understand why parents drag their sleeping children out to dinner or other events. Let them sleep at home! Yes, we as parents have to sacrifice, but we knew that when we chose to have children. We should not punish them because we want to be out with our friends. All parents need to understand their children come first. Always.