Great, kid.

So, Mr. Man has given up naps.

Just… quit.

Cold turkey.

One day -napping 3 hours.  The next – REFUSES to lie down, refuses to stay in bed, refuses to rest. Refuses.

And short of bonking him over the head with a baseball bat, stapling him to his bed, or drugging him… NOT much I can do about it.

To say this is bad timing is, well, an understatement.  I am exhausted and fully round and preggers, and I COUNTED on that time to take a nap myself.  Augh!

We are trying forced “quiet time” in his room.  He has to stay in his room to play quietly so I at least get a breather.

Plenty of people suggested letting him watch a movie but a.) there is no way in hell I am putting a tv in his room at age 3, b.) the only other place would be his playroom which is also attached to the kitchen and packed with loud toys – which defeats the purpose of ME having some time to rest or start dinner or whatever and c.) I just don’t think I want him glazed over into tv time any more than the little bit he gets to watch in the morning.  I really think he needs to be in his room – with no electronics.  Playing or reading.  QUIETLY.

However.

Wanna see what he did in his room today?

Yea – I am really not enjoying this no napping stuff.

I scolded him and made him help me clean it all up – but he really didn’t seem to get it.

Not sure what to do here.  Kids should come with a manual.

Thoughts?

EDITED: I really appreciate the thoughts and suggestions!  Keep em comin’!  I did want to add though – I think he might really be done with naps – he sleeps 12 hours at night . There are days that he has swimming lessons AND Little Gym class – BOTH before nap and STILL …no nap!  Ack!  He should be exhausted, but nope.  So it is not a lack of activity.  Maybe as the weather gets better – fresh air will drug him?  Waa.

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3 Responses to “Great, kid.”


  1. 1 Pale April 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Ug. I’ve had a dumper. It’s the hardest thing ever because you already feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day and then you walk in on ~that~ bit of senselessness. It’s a count to one hundred scene for sure. There really ought to be a kind of epi pen for that … you know … like when you have a life threatening reaction (but that life is not necessarily your own) and you need to … you know … administer something to counteract the impulses that flood your system.

    The nap thing is hard. Some nap til five, some give it up sooner. Certain temperaments give it up while their body still technically needs the nap, which is such a lovely for those spectacular happy hour nuclear melt downs that follow.

    Um … I’d try … running him around hard (thank God it’s spring, can you get outside yet?) and then run him around some more. Like calisthenics. And then maybe try a pre-nap reading ritual. If he refuses naptime after that you say, okay … you have to lay here for 20 or 30 (that’s usually long enough for their natural tiredness to overtake them). Say … I’ll be back to check in 20 and if you are still awake, you can get up then. Maybe incent the staying in bed part with a small prize. And then you’ll have to stand outside a crack in his door and police him for a bit – catch him in the act of getting up. Certainly if there is a big mess when you return, you know he didn’t stay put, so no prize. Some kids motivate well for prizes, some don’t.

    Also maybe try a different nap time. Try to look for his sleep signs. Sometimes the timing of the nap just changes? You could offer him to nap somewhere else. Like the sofa. Or your bed. Sometimes the novelty will distract them into compliance. Invent a “big boy” nap spot.

    I don’t know. Assvice is all hit or miss on this because every kid is different when it comes to what works.

    Good luck!

  2. 2 a April 6, 2011 at 2:54 am

    As Pale said…morning activity is the only thing to get a non-napper to nap. Preferably outside morning activity that involves lots of running and bike riding and carrying of stuff.

    Also, don’t feel like you need to clean up the mess. You can ask him to clean it up, you can ask him not to make the mess, you can even make rules about what happens when we dump our clothes all over the floor. But don’t sweat it – unless you’re totally OCD, it won’t kill you to let it wait until you feel like cleaning up the mess.

    You might want to give him some specific quiet time activities (i.e. he has to stay in bed, he can read books, play with dolls/action figures/stuffed animals, color, do a puzzle, etc.) – just let him know that it’s REST time, not rowdy time. It always helps my daughter if it doesn’t sound like I’m doing something interesting…so try to nap yourself anyway. (My girl likes to come in and check on me every 20 minutes or so to make sure I’m paying attention to what she’s doing). Even a 15 minute power nap will probably help.

    Good luck!

  3. 3 Kimberly April 16, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Ila stopped taking naps shortly after her second birthday. Every now and then she’ll pass out from exhaustion at 4:00pm, but it’s like, once every couple of weeks. She still has to have quiet time while her younger sister naps after lunch and usually I make her lay down in the living room beside me where she’ll either read some library books to herself or play with a couple of stuffed animals. She HAS to stay there, though. No playing in her playroom (which is right beside Lorel’s room) or playing with anything loud. The past few days, quiet time has been her time to play sesame street games (online) on her daddy’s touch-screen computer. It’s been my lifesaver. It keeps her completely occupied without me having to lift a finger.


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