The kids need it and, well, so does mommy (and daddy on the weekends).
Recently though, getting the kids to fall asleep has been getting longer…
After I’ve put them down in their beds, said “Good naptime & happy dreams”, closed the door, and walked back downstairs (to my eagerly awaiting laptop or sofabed), I hear talking and bumping and crashing and giggling… Trying my hardest not to scream into the void, I march as gently as I can to their door. I listen for a few seconds…
As soon as I hear a word or sound, I throw open the door and say/yell “WHY ARE YOU TALKING?!” And of course, they have to talk to answer me, and that leads the command, “I SAID DON’T TALK! GO TO SLEEP RIGHT NOW! NO MORE TALKING!” Then I close the door, silently drag myself downstairs, again, and resume my “Me Time.”
Then I hear noises again…
Repeat previous paragraph. About 3 times.
And after what feels like forever, everything is divinely quiet. (Insert choir of angels singing “Hallelujah” here.)
Quiet time for me – for about 2-3 hours.
Now, since this scenario keeps happening almost everyday now for a week, I’m seriously thinking if I should even bother going up there to tell them to sleep. After all, they do contain themselves in their (childproofed) room. The baby sleeps in a different room and will probably not get bothered much by their noise. Maybe I should just let them miss naptime as long as they stay in their room?
That statement absolutely scares me. At the end of the day, I KNOW the kids will be cranky and more difficult to handle when they’ve had no nap. Plus, I really don’t feel like cleaning their room after they’ve semi-destroyed it from being cooped up in it for 2 hours. And did I mention they will probably be screaming and jumping around in there? It can’t even be a QUIET TIME.
So, I’ve decided that I will just ride through this and be persistent. I’m not sure I’ll be terribly patient, but I’m not giving up.
Daily naptime is beneficial for all of us around here.
I AM NOT GIVING UP NAP TIME.
So I think that tomorrow, my kids had better accept it that they need to GO TO SLEEP, OR ELSE!
How’s nap time around your house? Do you even have one?