We have been on a mega road trip across Europe recently, which has meant huge excitement and very late nights. This has led to some over exhausted children, and my 5yo, (who is in school and obviously doesn’t usually sleep in the day), being in absolute, desperate need of a nap in the day.
Trouble is, she is unbelievably stubborn, (absolutely not a trait she has inherited from me, thank you Mr PB!! 😉 ), and seems to see nap resistance as some sort of personal challenge, every time I risked a peek into the back, I would see those baby blues, firmly wide open and staring at me defiantly.
It gave me the idea for this post though.
The 5 stages of naptime resistance.
“I am not tired, not even a little bit, I do not need a nap.” Usually accompanied by some extreme eye rubbing and/or yawning.
“I don’t want to have an early night, I’m not even tired, can I just sit here with my eyes closed and ‘rest’ and still go out for dinner tonight?”
“I’m nooooooooot tiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrreeeeeeeed, you’re so mean, you’re the meanest mummy ever, this behaviour does NOT mean that I’m obviously tired!”
Arms generally folded, lower lip jutting and a scowl.
This is the point where you sneak a peek into the back and spot your little cherub, mouth open, possibly snoring and finally peaceful!
One of the days though, it took over an hour and a half of driving to hit on ‘acceptance’. An hour and a half! With her steely core and sheer defiant will, I’m starting to get terrified of what the teenage years will have in store for me! 😀