The switch from naps to rest can look different for every child.Some children decide to stop napping on their own, while others seem to need parental guidance to move away from naps and towards a rest-time.When Fox turned 4, he began having a hard time falling asleep at night.The nightly struggle between parent and child for rest and sleep lasted for hours, beginning around 8pm and with him finally sleeping somewhere between 9:30 and 10:30pm.As you can imagine, this left my husband and I with very little evening of our own, one using the time to work and the other trying to get him to sleep.It also seemed to leave Fox in a chronic sour mood.He was not getting enough solid sleep at night, which meant he would crash hard for nap and be wired at night.We first tried shortening his nap but it seemed any amount of day sleep would keep him up at night.So, we made the decision to halt naps completely and move to a time of rest.The transition was difficult in the beginning, Fox would beg to sleep so it really took quite a bit of guidance on my part to keep him awake.But, once his body fell into the routine, magic happened.
It's the time of year when many of us hop into cars or onto planes to be with those we love the most. Little ones looking forward to running around with cousins, baking cookies with grandparents and too-late nights giggling, snuggled into pallets on the floor. We adults finding warmth in the late night conversations with siblings, parents and the aunt we don't see enough, card games full of laughter and jovial competition. But, one thing I know many parents begin to dread as the Autumn leaves turn is the actual travel-time to get to the places that bring joy to our hearts. Would you believe that the last few times we have traveled as a family we did not give the kids iPads or phones to play games or watch movies and they didn't cry or whine? Would you believe we laughed and giggled and listened to stories and I remember it with fondness? We have laid out a few tips below we hope will ease travel and maybe, possibly, turn that dread into joy as you begin to see these long drives and flights as special connection points for your family.
Autumn is a time of renewal and refreshment, little pockets full of the season’s treasures: fat acorns, conkers, and fiery, fallen leaves. After the hurried, frenzied pace of summer, where the focus is ever outward, ever onward, Autumn brings with it a slowed pace and a beginning of the turn to our inward being. Our inner flame begins to shine again, small at first but ever growing as we near Winter. This inward movement is a wonderful time for a rhythm refresh, or to begin the journey towards one if you’ve never had one before. The idea of creating a rhythm can seem daunting at first, but in reality you likely have the bones of a rhythm in place and simply adding structure to it and writing it out will solidify your days tremendously.
We are in the thick of our Spring Rhythm and it feels so good to add some color back to our days. My 2 and 4 year old's have been enjoying helping to clear away a spot for our garden, finding the earth so newly full of life again. We have been reading all the Spring books, mainly checked out from the library.