Saturday, April 16, 2011

What Happened to Nap Time?

There has been a disturbing development in our house recently. Honestly, I don't know what to do. My 3 1/2 year old son is refusing to nap. I miss it!

I knew this would happen eventually ... but of course I was hoping it would happen later rather than sooner. The problem is my son is still very cranky during the day and without his daily nap he melts down even easier in the evening. Last night he fell asleep, but was screaming he wasn't tired up until the end.

The other problem is nap time was my chance to get things done. I used that hour or two for housework, exercise, blogging and just a needed break from my two little ones. So without sanity time, what will I do? My daughter has super-hearing and any attempt by me to wake up earlier than usual wakes her up. She is glued to my side for most of the day. My son wakes later, but is very chatty and still has trouble playing on his own. I really dread giving up my short time alone.

Yesterday we decided to put a knob cover on the inside of our room. This way my son couldn't get out on his own and wake-up his little sister. He sleeps in his toddler bed near our bed. Unfortunately there is a bathroom off of our bedroom. Can you see where this is headed?

All seemed to be quiet upstairs, but as I passed the stairs I caught a whiff of the Kandu Children's handsoap we keep in our bathroom. The smell was very strong! This is what I found when I went upstairs...

Oh, yeah. The shiny surface of the bathroom floor is water!

When I asked my son what happened he said he had gone in the bathroom for a drink of water... then he wanted to refill the water bottle... and then he decided to wash the floor! There were soap suds, soap and water everywhere!!! Um...

So, the next day we put a knob lock on the bathroom door. Of course he didn't sleep. Instead he knocked on the door and went and hid behind my bed. When I came in he had put on his new dinosaur costume and jumped out to surprise me. Yes, I was surprised. Not just by the costume, but because I think the era of the afternoon nap is finally over. My son has won his right to be nap-free.

I would love to hear how you finally decided your children were done napping. What age were they? Any suggestions for starting a "quiet time" in the afternoon?
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