Daytime sleep is an integral part of the treatment of many children. However, one day the whole regime at the daughter went to the cat’s tail, because she suddenly refused to sleep during the day.
Daytime sleep is necessary not only for the child, but also for his parents. I, like most moms, love to plan my day. And if a more adult child is able to entertain himself, then a three-year-old hardly agrees to the absence of my mother’s attention.
That is why I usually plan for an afternoon nap affairs that require maximum attention: computer work, for example. What can I say, sometimes you just want to take a nap during the day or make up your nails with high quality.
For a child, sleep is no less important. Especially, if his lifestyle can be attributed to the active. During daytime sleep, the baby regains strength, the body rests, which is usually the key to a great mood.
At the age of three, children usually experience another leap in development. Do not forget that it is quite difficult for kids to cope with their desires and possibilities. I saw from my daughter that she wanted to sleep, but at the same time she wanted to feel the limits of what was permitted.
Perhaps she even thought something like I wonder, but if I say that I don’t want to sleep, what will happen ?. At the age of three years at least half of my requests were perceived with violent protest, the baby did not want to not only sleep, but also eat, dress, practice and even walk sometimes.
And now, more and more often a situation occurred when we started to pack up for the daytime sleep, and she suddenly had a lot to do – from going to the toilet to drinking some water. Then there were reading books, a discussion of illustrations, conversations, and anything that happened, but not a dream. Sometimes it came to rebellion, the child bluntly stated that he would not sleep under any circumstances.
Our struggle was short, but difficult. I am not one of those moms who calmly relate to the whims and whims of children. Moreover, the need for daytime sleep is obvious. After all, in its absence, the whole regime goes down the drain.
I did not like that daughter is disgustingly behaves in the evening. And it is not surprising – there was no sleep, I want to relax and take a walk. I didn’t like that she could fall asleep on the way home (if we were traveling in transport or by car). Moreover, in the evening we had to attend gymnastics classes, and the sleepy child was unable to concentrate and do the exercises.
Although all individually. For example, the daughter of my girlfriend does not sleep during the day from the age of two. But she goes to bed at 8-9 in the evening. For me personally, this mode is inconvenient, because at 8 we only return home from classes, and we like to attend various events in the evening.
First, the method from the opposite, which is often used by child psychologists, helped me. I told my daughter: Today you will not sleep. This, of course, caused a riot: No, I will!, Which was what was required to achieve.
Secondly, rewards helped. For example, I talked about our plans for the evening, which were to be realized only if there was a daytime sleep. It can be an interesting walk, birthday, creativity, etc.
Third, she tried to make the morning walk as active as possible so that her daughter was tired and she did not have the strength to resist the desire to sleep.
Of course, in the light of current trends, to force the baby to sleep is impossible. But I think that first of all you should think about a mother who has certain plans.
There are children who can safely do without a nap, but my daughter does not belong to them. Especially since now she is ready to sleep during the day, even if she woke up at 10 am, and the lack of sleep during the day is the exception rather than the rule for her.
Do your children often miss daytime sleep?