Several times I have mentioned the column written by England's "Mrs. Minerva" published in the English Home Magazine.
The issue of particular interest is the one I have posted here from March 2011, which you may be able to enlarge and read.
Those of you who are older may remember your mothers retreating to the bedroom when life got stressful. I remember mothers making their children stay in bed when they were sick, surrounded by books and art materials.
She did not include taking a rest when the children are napping. Its tempting to do a lot of things while they are down, but important to rest during some of that time.
From the article:- (note: a lot of it is a wry style of stating truth trough tongue-in-cheek wit. Mature audiences will understand.)
"While I firmly maintain that one should strive to maintain a stiff upper lip during most of life's trials and tribulations, I do think the Victorian custom of taking to one's bed has a lot to be said for it. At times life can be so trying there is little to be done but to retire to a room of one's own and draw the curtains firmly shut.
"One of the reasons Mr. M. behaves so well is that he understands there is always a risk that if he upsets me I might simply slip upstairs only to come down some days later. This would, of course, interfere greatly with dinner and he may be forced to eat at his club.
"There are many reasons to take to one's bed: heartbreak, disappointment, irritating husbands and influenza among them. However, in the depths of winter - when the Minerva household is on the inhospitable side of chilly - the only warm rooms are the kitchen and the bedroom...."