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You don’t have to go far online before you find a mother lamenting that her child will no longer take naps. How does this happen? You are the parent and I have a great method to help you get that nap back.
When my son was little (and to this day) he does not sleep well and I am sure there were plenty of days when he tried to escape nap time. During his nap I had used that time to take my own nap (when he was an infant), clean the house, prep dinner, work, or do absolutely nothing. I for one was not about to let his naps end, because I as his mother needed that 2 hour window, so I developed a system.
When he was able to match colors, shapes, numbers and words on paper I knew there was no reason why he could not match a digital clock face with a “time to get up” poster. I put a digital clock in his room and right below the clock was a sheet of paper with a time that he was allowed to get up. It took a few days practicing what 3:00 was but everyday at 2:58 I would sneak in and wait for the time to be perfect and I used that moment to teach him matching. Did this happen over night? No, but within a week I no longer had to go in, and he stopped sneaking out of his room.
I am a strong believer that we are the parents, and as such we have the job of training our children. Part of that training is to follow rules. If nap time is as important to you as it is to me, then it is a rule you need to implement and do not back down. My son is 7, my daughter is 4 and both of them go down for a nap. Neither sleep during their time but they have learned to relax, read a book, or if they are really tired they do sleep.
If you do not have a digital clock I am sure you have a timer. You can set the timer for 60 minutes and they cant leave their bed until the alarm goes off. You can buy books on tape that are the length you want them to rest for and when the book is over they can get up.
Perhaps more then anything you as the mom (or dad) need to decided this is worth the effort and your sanity is at stake. I know that I am a better parent because I get time to work on what I have to get done. I go to bed at a normal hour because I’m not working on projects late into the night. Those projects got done during nap time which freed me up to get 8 hours of sleep.
So parents my encouragement to you is, nap time can happen, so take it back.Leave a comment and let me know how its working for you.