Too much excitement just might kill me!
Yesterday Monkey took a massive assisted nap, from around 11am until 2pm. I thought he needed it, because he’s fighting a cough at the moment – but then he didn’t go to sleep until almost 9pm, when he usually goes to sleep before 8. So time for myself was pretty much nonexistent yesterday, and I so felt the loss.
Today he woke after half an hour, and only went back to sleep with me there. Yes, at the moment he is still napping, and even goes to sleep easily for them, but I can see the end of nap time approaching, and I dread it.
As things stand, the idea of quiet time without a nap in this household is frankly laughable. Monkey doesn’t like to be alone, and although he will watch Play School while sitting on my lap, that’s not exactly what I’m after! And in any case I’d prefer his quiet time not to involve TV, if we can swing it!
So I’m starting to think about teaching him the concept of quiet time well in advance of when we need it, in the hopes that he’ll be comfortable with it by the time he decides to quit napping, and I’ll be able to retain what’s left of my sanity.
I need to find a stack of ideas for quiet activities, and suggestions for how to teach Monkey the skill of independent play. They need to be things he can do entirely on his own, without hurting himself or destroying his bedroom. I know we’ll need to start in small doses – probably 5 minutes in the beginning.
Do you have quiet time in your house? How do you implement it, and what are your favourite activities? Please point me to any and all resources.