Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Nap Time or Room Time

We decided to give Evelina Roomtime instead of Naptime.  At first, she was soooo excited we thought she was big girl enough not to take a nap.  After a few days the novelty wore off.  From then on she has said that she did not want roomtime but she wanted to take a nap.  If I said room time, she said nap.  So I have been using a little reverse psychology.  The last couple days, I have been telling her to take a nap.  I have even said, "Come here my little baby... time for your nappy nap nap."  This has worked beautifully... she has been playing in her room for 2 hours each day.  I love hearing her play in her room.  She sings, she colors, she plays instruments, she dresses up, she has tea parties, she reads books... so good for her.  Being in her room without tv or me to entertain her, she is forced to work with what she has (which in my opinion is A LOT) and create fun.  I remember being a kid and thinking I was bored, wanting to be entertained.  But when my desires for entertainment did not come to fruition, I had to get creative.  I think that this is something we tend to overlook in today's culture.  Even as an adult, when the tv is off, I have to get creative.  I like it.  And plan to do it a lot more often!

4 comments:

Chalk Inscriptions said...

Fabulous! I didn't grow up with a TV and so we had to be creative especially on 5 acres with no close neighbors. Imagination does wonders...

Chalk Inscriptions said...

Oh hey - I noticed you have my old blog up. I stopped blogging on there...not sure if you want to switch it to my new one :)

Charlotte said...

Yay for roomtime and forced imagination! lol! Marcus started saying today that he doesn't like naptime... "it's boring". The funny thing is, they generally come up with lots of fun things to play during their nap/roomtime. Now we're just having to remind them that this is also Mommy's rest time and they aren't supposed to come out and ask questions! ;D

Michelle said...

It is really the best part of the day at our house too. My kids complain that they don't like it too, but then they read (or just look at books), play house, make tents, play with my pots and pans, color, etc. The challenge at our house is finding space for everyone to have alone time since all the bedrooms are taken for babies/toddlers napping. But so far, so good. One's in the dining room, one in the living room, and one in the hallway. (They really don't like to be in their rooms anyway, which I don't understand since most of their toys are in there.) And, as a bonus, they often curl up with their blankeys and go to sleep after all!