Saturday, August 25, 2007
I Vote for Naps
Since it's election primary season, I say it's time to vote on something really important to parents. Naps. Who decided children are ready to give up the afternoon nap when they are about three years old? I did not get to vote on this. Please don't tell me they are big enough or don't require the sleep. If you think that, then you aren't around enough three year olds about 4:00 p.m. There were many times when the girls were younger that I wished they weren't napping every day. You know the days when some family function was happening right in the middle of nap time, or you just really wanted to run one more errand. We always had a strict nap schedule. The girls were happier when we stuck to their nap schedule, so we rarely deviated. Now, though, they are too old for daily naps. One of our girls still likes to nap once in a while. She'll announce she's tired and ask for some "quiet time." (Of course, we renamed nap time because only babies take naps.) Our other daughter will not nap at all. The transition between daily afternoon naps and no nap time has not been easy for anyone. I used to plan on working for the hour or so that they slept. In fact, I was on the phone with a client when I realized nap time was over. We used to schedule conference calls during nap time. One day I was on the phone and realized they were awake. They took a 10 minute nap after I spent 30 minutes trying to get them to go to sleep. Now I struggle to get work done during the day. They do not want to sleep, yet are cranky in the hours just before bedtime. We did move bedtime up about 1/2 hour. It helps maintain our sanity and get them more sleep. I know it will get better as they get older, but I am jealous when friends tell me their preschoolers still nap. I think it's time parents voted to require naps until we are ready for the transition from nap time to no naps. What is your vote?