Of my four kids, Grayson has to be the most stubborn of all (which is saying a lot!). Not unusual for boys his age, I am sure, but nap time (or lack thereof) is a constant struggle.
He will nap occasionally, of course, but only when unprompted, never when told, and usually in the strangest, most inconvenient places.
For example, a couple weeks ago, he came into my office to ask me a question and then promptly belly-flopped on the floor and fell asleep.
A favorite of his is to fall asleep on the couch just as we are getting ready to leave the house.
And, let’s not forget the stairs.
Yet, if I ever try to get him to nap at a normal time, in a normal place (you know, a bed), I get exhausted tears and utter defiance.
Using a crib is no longer and option as he can climb out. He knows how to open and unlock doors, and I refuse to switch the doorknobs to put the locks on the outside.
He is always the last kid to bed at night and the first one up in the morning (often beating one or both parents in either instance), but he is only 3.
And not to be outdone, Clare manages to find unique places to crash as well.
So, what struggles have you had with kids refusing to nap when they so desperately need to do so? Have you found any methods (i.e. tricks) to convince them that sleep is actually a good thing!?
Until next time – Chris