Daycare.com Forum Daycare Forum

Go Back   Daycare.com Forum > Main Category > Daycare Center and Family Home Forum

Daycare Center and Family Home Forum Daycare Center and Family Home owners, Directors, Operators and Assistants should post and ask questions here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-31-2012, 01:58 PM
justgettingstarted's Avatar
justgettingstarted justgettingstarted is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 187
Default Feeling Desperate and Powerless

My son is 2.5 and has become an absolute monster doing everything I tell him not to even hitting me which he has never ever done. He started refusing to take naps the last two days. All of my other kids are asleep on their cots and he was just rolling around, smiling and playing. I finally gave up and put him in his own bed and thought he'd finally give up and go to sleep. An hour later it was quiet so I went to check on him and he was wide awake sitting up in his bed smiling. I told him everyone else was asleep and to lay down and if he didn't take his nap he wouldn't get to do art time which is his favorite. He's still crying his head off and already woke up one dck. I feel like a terrible mom I have absolutely no idea what to do. I'm having such a bad day now and feel like crying (especially since I'm just a few weeks pregnant and my hormones are going crazy). Any advice would really help. If I wasn't doing daycare it wouldn't be such a big deal but he keeps waking everyone else up and some are much younger and really need their naps!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-31-2012, 02:01 PM
daycare123's Avatar
daycare123 daycare123 is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: in the arctic
Posts: 125
Default

i will be watching this thread my daughter who just turned 3 decided awhile ago that she doesn't need to nap and is just a bear by 6pm.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-31-2012, 02:15 PM
spud912's Avatar
spud912 spud912 is offline
Trix are for kids
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 2,314
Default

My daughter went through that stage. I thought....maybe she's done with naps. After a few days of keeping her up, I quickly realized that she does need her naps, it's just a power struggle. I hate to say it, but it just takes time to get through that stage. It sounds like you're doing everything right.

I found that 18 months-24 months old and 2 1/2 to 3 years old are a couple of the worst "stages." The 18 month-old children lack communication skills and fine motor skills and get easily frustrated as a result. The 2 1/2 year old children like to test boundaries and power struggle. It does improve somewhat after they turn 3, but not nearly as much as you would like. My daughter is 3 and 2 months, so I will let you know when there is drastic improvement.

The only thing that really worked with my daughter (who is quite the fire bomb) was to lock her in her room during nap times and let her do whatever. It sounds terrible, but it usually would put her to sleep within 10 minutes once she realized she lost the battle. Then I would sneak and unlock it so she would not have a meltdown when she woke up. The occasional ornery day now only takes a quick threat to lock the door to straighten her up.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-31-2012, 02:35 PM
SunnyDay's Avatar
SunnyDay SunnyDay is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 247
Default

My daughter is usually a rock solid sleeper but she has gone through a few phases where she just goofs around at naptime. Just be consistent and keep him on his usual schedule and hopefully this phase won't last long!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-31-2012, 06:24 PM
justgettingstarted's Avatar
justgettingstarted justgettingstarted is offline
Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 187
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by spud912 View Post
My daughter went through that stage. I thought....maybe she's done with naps. After a few days of keeping her up, I quickly realized that she does need her naps, it's just a power struggle. I hate to say it, but it just takes time to get through that stage. It sounds like you're doing everything right.

I found that 18 months-24 months old and 2 1/2 to 3 years old are a couple of the worst "stages." The 18 month-old children lack communication skills and fine motor skills and get easily frustrated as a result. The 2 1/2 year old children like to test boundaries and power struggle. It does improve somewhat after they turn 3, but not nearly as much as you would like. My daughter is 3 and 2 months, so I will let you know when there is drastic improvement.

The only thing that really worked with my daughter (who is quite the fire bomb) was to lock her in her room during nap times and let her do whatever. It sounds terrible, but it usually would put her to sleep within 10 minutes once she realized she lost the battle. Then I would sneak and unlock it so she would not have a meltdown when she woke up. The occasional ornery day now only takes a quick threat to lock the door to straighten her up.
Thank you both it's amazing how just hearing that others have gone or are going through something similar can help. I just needed reassurance that I should keep fighting the battle. I had to tell him that he wouldn't be allowed to play trains or do art and let him SCREAM for a while before he finally gave in. It was a short nap but I'm glad I didn't give in. I feel like telling the parents of my newborn dcb that they have it easy and to enjoy!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-31-2012, 08:25 PM
Crystal's Avatar
Crystal Crystal is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 3,955
Default

I would not put him on a napmat, laying with the other children. it is his home, he should be able to ALWAYS have the sanctity of his own bedroom. And, he should ALWAYS have access to his own room, ANY TIME of the day.

That being said....is it possible for you to spend the 15-20 minutes of nap just BEING with him? Lay down next to him, hold him, read him a book?
I think he just wants his Mommy, all to himself, and he doesn't know how to communicate that to you.

Find some time, when all the other kids are down, to give HIM 100% YOU.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-01-2012, 04:06 AM
Lianne's Avatar
Lianne Lianne is offline
Advanced Daycare.com Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Ontario
Posts: 534
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Crystal View Post
That being said....is it possible for you to spend the 15-20 minutes of nap just BEING with him? Lay down next to him, hold him, read him a book?
I think he just wants his Mommy, all to himself, and he doesn't know how to communicate that to you.

Find some time, when all the other kids are down, to give HIM 100% YOU.
I don't have kids of my own but I recently started keeping my 4yr old up for an extra 20-30mins at naptime to work on some kindergarten skills. We do some work sheets or play a board game or some other simple activity that's hard for him to do when the younger ones are awake. Before he goes to bed we sit in my chair (kids aren't allowed in my chair so that's a treat) and read a chapter of a novel together. He wasn't having behaviour issues but he did need some work on some skills for school in the fall. He absolutely loves that time with me. He loves the activities is so proud of his own progress but I think the one on one time with me has been more valuable. I really enjoy that time with him, too.
__________________
Doing what I love and loving what I do.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:37 AM.



Daycare.com         Find A Daycare         List Your Daycare         Toys & Products                 About Us

Daycare.com
Please read our Disclaimer before continuing.

Topics pertain mainly to the following States:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming