I have just about come to the end of my ropes trying to deal with nap time in my house. I have a 3 year old who is fighting naps like crazy. Now, I know that at some point kids give them up. That’s fine if they can act like real human beings for the rest of the day, but that is not how it is in my house. If Henry doesn’t have a nap, all hell breaks loose about 3:30. I mean all-out yelling, running around like a rabid rat and being a general nuisance.
So my child still NEEDS a nap whether he wants to or not. He’s in school from 8:15-11:45 and is tired when he comes home.
He has taken to sleeping in his tent that is set up in his room instead of his bed. I have taken it away a time or two. I have threatened to take away his toys. I have actually taken some away. He has gotten in trouble. He’s only 3 so reasoning with him is not really an option. He finally plays himself to sleep but only after getting up and being put back down about 10 times.
I really lose my patience at nap time. The rest of the day is wonderful…but nap time is just the pits. I have been trying to work on being more patient with him but really it is hard sometimes.
Jason and I have gone to 2 of a 3-part Active Parenting class that has been very good. We tried some of the techniques this morning for the “get-ready-for-school” routine and it worked like a charm. But didn’t go over so well during nap time.
The best I can hope is that eventually he will give in and just be a sweet boy and take a nap-so mommy can get in her computer time!