Sleep. Believe. Survive.

Putting our little tyke down for an afternoon nap has always proven to be a power struggle. We do everything to coerce, while they do what they can to resist. It could almost pass for an episode of the reality show Survivor. The goal is to outwit, outplay and outlast our little one.

Most kids outgrow the need for afternoon naps when they reach preschool age, but I for one am a staunch advocate of midday shut-eye. One could never discount the recharging effect it provides our kids, and us as well. It’s one of those precious moments when we ourselves can catch some much-needed Z’s. Even half- an hour of napping in the afternoon restores the wellspring of our health.

Here are some techniques I use to get my 5-year old bundle of electrons to nap:
• Reading: though this method is more popularly employed at bedtime, it still works during afternoon naps. Sometimes, even without a book, I just make up my own stories, mostly carrying the theme of sleep or naps.
• De-stimulation: I try to keep stimuli to a minimum…the TV is turned off, cell phone is set to silent mode, curtains are drawn. I let her have a doll in hand, which she can quietly play with while lying down. When bored, my kid has no other option but to sleep.
• Games: We play a game of whoever-shuts-her-eyes-the-longest-wins. It works like a charm every time.

Like I always say, to each his own. What works for me, may not work for you. It’s all about forming habits and instilling discipline in our children. And we, parents are loving masters of that.

About Pepper

I am a single working mom, trying to raise my kid the best way I know how. Join me as I navigate my way through the jungle that is Single Mom-hood, armed with rose-colored glasses and strength of spirit. As pepper adds spice to food, so does my daughter add spice to my life. She makes life no less than…PEPPERRIFIC!

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  1. i like the last one the best…”whoever shuts her eyes the longest wins” :)

  2. gie santos says

    hehehe me too. :)

  3. I must agree.. I have a toddler and a grade schooler..hays! It is definitely a struggle most of the time. Thanks for the share!

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