“Did you have a nice nap?” is a question that goes both ways! Of course you can use this with your little one after they wake up. But also, are you a parent who naps? Both Hector and I love to get a nap in when we can (which isn’t often!). The boys know that if they wake me up from a nap, their electronics time is over. So they’ve learned to be extra quiet when I am sleeping, so they can have extra movie or video game time!
On Monday, I shared with you how Darian wouldn’t lie down for a nap. He would only nap on the go. But our baby is totally the opposite. He will not sleep on the go! But we can just lay him down, walk away from the room, and he’ll fall asleep right away. It’s a sweet treat after Darian and Nolan! Ha! Use the phrase, “The baby is finally asleep,” during the next nap time time while talking with your older kiddos or spouse!
After putting the baby down for a nap, do you keep your house loud or do you have everyone quiet down? With our first two, we could be as loud as we wanted. But with this baby, he is always waking up a bit early, so I find myself saying, “Will you please whisper?” to my older kids as we get closer to the end of his nap time–just in case he can nap a little longer.
How many times have you said, “Stop playing, and lie down please,” to your restlessness toddler or energetic children at night? No doubt this phrase will come in handy during nap time this week! Do you have any tricks that help get your kiddo down for a nap easier?
Are your kids stuffed animal junkies?! Nolan played on his own a lot, he’s a naturally independent kid. He preferred to hang out by himself when he was preschool age. We told him he should try and make some friends. Some time after that, he received a stuffed animal, a fox, and named it Friend. He said to me, “Now I have a friend, and I don’t have to play with anybody.” We were so flabbergasted we didn’t know what to say! Hahah!
Oh my gosh. Darian was the worst napper! He was born with so much energy! When he was in preschool, the teacher said that the kids napped every day. I let them know that Darian probably wouldn’t nap, but they were convinced they could get him to nap. Two days later, they let me know Darian couldn’t stay for nap time. Ha! He simply wasn’t tired and would wake up the other kids.
Oh well! Having a lot of energy is a great thing, and I can’t wait to see how that plays out for him as an adult! For now, if you have a kiddo who can actually nap, use the phrase, “It’s time for your nap,” the next time you lay them down!
After the kids have praised you for your amazing meal you prepared (see yesterday’s phrase!), they can say, ” I want a cookie, please,” to add even more foreign language into your dinner time routine! What’s your favorite cookie? Mine is chocolate chip! Mmmmmmm.
Although you know that Hector is a better cook than me, I can grill a mean steak! There’s nothing better than grilling in the summer! What’s a favorite dinner in your home? The next time your kids take a bite of your cooking, they can practice saying, “This food taste so good,” which might just get them some dessert from Mom! Ha!
A great answer to yesterday’s phrase, “I hate broccoli,” is to respond with, “Eat your vegetables so you can grow.” I am not sure how convincing it is to my boys, but at least it helps me stay strong to get them to eat their veggies! What tactics do you have to help your kids finish their plate?