Tuesday, March 10, 2009
So I have a parenting question for you. Feel free to answer anonymously if you want.
Preface: Daphne stopped napping about 2 months ago. Back when we took her binky away. She had already gone down to 3 or 4 naps a week before that because of preschool. But once the binkies were gone, so were the naps. But I still need some down-time, me-time, TV/internet/nap/recooperate/make phone calls/get things done time. So when naptime comes, I put Beck down, and then I put Daphne down. But most days she just pops right back up a few minutes later. And then she'll come downstairs looking for me, asking for food, wanting me to find a certain toy for her or put on a show for her, etc. So my question is:
Is it mean of me to insist that she have some quiet time? Which is to say, is it mean of me to make her stay in her room without bothering me for at least an hour? Cause honestly, I think she still needs the nap, but if she is willing to stay up in her room and play quietly for an hour, I am not going to force the issue. But I think some people might think I'm mean to make her stay up there and not bug me. So, what do you think? And should there be consequences for coming out during that time? Or just repeated reminders to go back to her room (making it impossible for me to sleep or do anything uninterrupted. But is that the price of motherhood?)