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Not The Best Mommy Week - Feeling Frustrated With Myself

I'm not having the best 'mommy' week this week. Yes, I know it's just Tuesday. So I'm hoping the rest of the week is going to get better! But it's just been one of those weeks where I feel like a total failure as a parent... sigh. And it has a lot to do with the fact that Lil Man has refused to nap this week.

Maybe he's ready to give up naps? It's hard to say. The days that he does nap he can sleep 3.5 HOURS. So it's hard for me to believe that he will go from really long naps to just not napping at all. So maybe this is a phase? Regardless, I've spent the last 2 days trying to convince and just out right beg Lil Man to nap. Yes, I realize just how silly that sounds to try to get a 2 year old to nap because I told him to do so.

Tomorrow, I plan to try a new tactic. He doesn't have to 'nap', but he does have to spend some quiet time in his room. And I'm going to try not to run in and out of his room 100 times during his 'quiet' time. That's what's been happening the last two days. And each time I go in, the frustration increases. So maybe this will work even if he doesn't nap. I hope so. These last two days have been a struggle.

 How old was your little one when he/she stopped napping? Any tips on how to keep my sanity?


  1. Ugh....I know this stage too well :( My three year old is 90% done with naps but this started around 2.5 years maybe earlier. If he napped, then he would stay up until 11 p.m. but if he didn't then he'd fall asleep at 5 or 6 p.m. then wake up at 9 p.m. raring to go or wake up at 5 am raring to go. I don't know, my son only naps now when we hike or when we are going to have a long night stay up past 10 p.m. then I force him to nap mid day.

    Maybe try to push back his nap, maybe like 2 pm.? Thank God my 19 month old still naps, I still go crazy some days.

    1. Well on Sunday he slept over 3.5 hours. So I can't believe that he all of the sudden doesn't need a nap! I'm hoping this is a very SHORT lived phase. I do freelance work. So I use naptime to work on that. But I really need that time to recharge!

      So, on those days that you 'forced' a nap because it was going to be a long night, how did you do that?

  2. Been there. Not much advice except to stick with it and eventually it will become the norm. I agree that you need to stop checking on him, though, unless it sounds like he's in need of you--like a physical problem!

    1. Yep, I've cut down on 'checking on him' and it's helped!

  3. Don't know about your little boy, but as soon as I put up room darkening panels I had no problems taking siestas!

    ; )

  4. Don't get discouraged, kids often change their sleeping and nap patterns. This is especially true when they are transitioning from toddlers to younger kids. I'm sure you are a great parent and this does not reflect on your parenting at all.

    1. Thanks.. and yes, since I wrote this .. he's back to napping! :) Whew..


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