I have a little problem, well a little boy sized problem. My son Monkey is so tired after Nursery, I can’t convince him to have a nap in the afternoon during the week. He will sit down and let me read to him, but that doesn’t seem to be fixing my problem. I’ve started to avoid outdoor activities in the afternoon as Monkey is so tired, that the best intentions turn my son into a devil come dinner time.
By Saturday he is a total grumpy bum. Last Saturday he wasn’t too bad when we spent the day with a family friend. He fell asleep in the car on the way home, within minutes of leaving our friend. I needed to drop a birthday present off for one of his cousins and he was still asleep in the car. He slept the whole time that A and I were chatting on her doorstep. When we drove back round to our house he finally woke up, but only enough to get from the car to our sofa – he promptly fell asleep again. He woke up an hour and a half later (6.30 pm) screaming and shouting, kicking and biting. I tried to offer him some dinner, NO I WANT TO GO TO BED!!!! Ok, so off to bed he went, he slept for 12 hours!
This week, we have stayed at home every afternoon (which I know isn’t good for either of us, but Monkey is so tired), by dinner time he has been an absolute nightmare. I know he is just so tired, but really don’t know what to do.
Today, we’d decided that we’d have a quiet morning, not rush to have breakfast and get dressed. I needed to deal with the washing and ironing as we’re out all day tomorrow in Birmingham. So we agreed that after lunch we’d go for a walk to the park and do a nature treasure hunt, or drive to meet up with some friends at a different park.
Well, Monkey is so tired he didn’t even make lunch!
Two hours later and he is still asleep. Part of me says to wake him up, part of me says he must be really worn out – leave him. I just wish I knew what we could do during the week so that he wasn’t so tired by Saturday.
As regular readers know we are normally always out and about, and I hate the idea of him being stuck inside whenever he is not at Nursery School. Any ideas?