Widget is approaching that dreaded milestone. The one that no parent of a toddler ever wants to admit is drawing near. The one that signifies the end of my
nap recovery period each afternoon. That’s right … he’s giving up his nap. It’s not gone yet, but he resists it and has been successful in resisting it about 5 out of the last 7 days. What to replace it with? Quiet time, of course! Now I know nearly every parent comes to this decision sooner or later (and, at 32 months, this is definitely later), but I’ve been racking my brain for ways to make this a worthwhile time for him, where he can both rest his body and exercise his brain if he chooses.
Since we have the luxury of a separate playroom / family room for Widget’s toys to roam free, we’ve kept his bedroom almost Spartan (well, not that Spartan), with only his bed, dresser, chair, little table, and well-stocked bookshelf. If he won’t sleep, he can always read. And I certainly don’t mind if he reads by himself in the afternoon!
For a twist, this week I put in a new set of Lincoln Logs for him to discover and play with. Canape’s stepdaughter Lovely taught him to build a house and carefully (so carefully!) assemble the little green roof. Now, he’s obsessed. Each afternoon, if he won’t nap, I can hear him puttering around up there, building a house and putting the roof back on. He’s happy, his little brother is happy (because I can then put him down in peace), and that makes me happy.
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