It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Ah, lazy Mondays

I don’t really mind Mondays, you know. Not with this group. No sudden plunge back into mayhem, Mondays are a quiet day, a lazy day, a soft and easy introduction to the week. Why?

Naps. Mmmm… love those Monday naps.

These children all need a single afternoon nap. Anna clocks in at 1 hr 30 minutes, most days; sleeping champ Emily gets herself three and a half hours. Everyone else falls somewhere in between. But on Mondays, they all – each and every one of them – get two naps, one in the morning, on in the afternoon.

Why is that? Because on weekends at home, only one of them ever naps. Only one. Ever, at all. A combination of activity-filled weekends, and/or poorly maintained sleep patterns at home means that they all but one stagger in on Mondays with deeply shadowed eyes and cranky dispositions. And the one who naps even on weekends enjoys her extra catch-up from her busy weekend.

While I feel sorry for their fragile little Monday selves, I can’t feel bad about my quiet, two-nap Mondays.

Excuse me. Time to pour my tea and get a few chapters on in my current book.


May 7, 2007 - Posted by | daycare


  1. i want my mondays to include two naps! *stomps foot and pouts* want, want, want!

    oh, wait, i’m not supposed to ask like that, huh? see? lesson has already been forgotten. 😛

    Comment by Lara | May 7, 2007 | Reply

  2. Happy for you, but those poor kiddies! Our weekends have the same hours as the weekdays, otherwise we get the cranky version of my son and that is NO FUN at all!

    Comment by Chelsea | May 7, 2007 | Reply

  3. The only time we skip naps on the weekends is when I absolutely cannot convince my son to lay down. I simply must have nap time or I would not make it through the day.

    Comment by dee | May 7, 2007 | Reply

  4. Our Mondays are like that too! Mainly because Sunday morning wears them out (And they both nap Sunday afternoon! And we stick with the regular nap routeins over the weekend! Maybe having Daddy all day helps wear them out?). It’s why Monday has become laundry day here.

    Comment by Tina | May 7, 2007 | Reply

  5. I love Fridays at my house! I work M-Th, with Fridays off, and by the time Little Sister has had four days of day care, she’s tired! (She’s a very busy, nosy/noisy little toddler.) When presented with a nice, quiet, even boring house with no brother on Friday, she often settles in for a three-hour nap. Bless her heart!

    Comment by BookMama | May 7, 2007 | Reply

  6. I just love your attitude about sleep!

    Comment by rosie_kate | May 7, 2007 | Reply

  7. Let me tell you a short story…(you know me, no story is short). My children appear to be very rowdy and disruptive at home. However, at the daycare (the one I’m buying and thus spending many many hours upon hours at lately) they are absolute gems. Slowly the teachers are getting an opportunity to see each of them throw a tantrum with me for some reason or another but for the most part, they still behave quite well.

    Next subject: My children go to bed between 7 and 7:30 at night most of the time. On the weekends and on nights when playing outside is just too wonderful, it might be closer to 8, but that is the exception, not the rule. By exception, I mean once or twice a month, not every weekend. Anyway, they get up between 7:30 and 8 the next morning and I’m waking them up to go to the daycare…the 4 1/2 year old gets up on his own about 7:30, the 2 1/2 year old sleeps til around 9 on the weekends when we don’t have to wake him for some reason. They sleep like rocks. They nap at school in the afternoon and my 2 1/2 year old naps like a champ, however, he does not sleep as long as the other children. My 4 year old naps on occasion but not always.

    Conclusion: The two are grossly related. The very people who tell me how well behaved my kids are…are the very people who say…”they go to bed at what time?” like it is cruel and abusive for me to insist they go to bed at that time. A fellow teacher lets her 14 month old go to bed when he gets ready….around 10:30 or 11…..I call foul on that one…then she doesn’t understand why he wants to take not 1, not 2, but 3 naps during the day. I’ve offered to help change this pattern but apparently it isn’t that big of an issue to her because she says, “awwww, no, if he is sleepy, let him sleep” in one of those puppy whipped whines that mothers get when they say, “I just can’t do a thing with little Johnny.”

    Anyway, at the daycare right now, the current owner doesn’t like for the babies over 12 months to take a morning nap. However, both of the ones in the nursery need one and both of them will just lay down in the floor and go to sleep if we do not put them in their bed. They NEED that nap. And, of course, you can imagine that the kids 18 months to 2 1/2 don’t get but one nap either. And, guess what, somedays they fall asleep at the table before we can get lunch to them at 11:30. I wonder why? I mean really?

    And the current owner swears they do not need but one nap at their age. Well, some kids don’t (certainly my oldest didn’t need but one and doesn’t need one at all most of the time now)…but some kids do…(my youngest took 2 naps a day until he was almost 2)…..

    I don’t know what, if anything, I can do to change this line of thinking once I am in control but I’m very seriously thinking about letting those that are falling asleep at the lunch table go into the nursery and take a nap in the AM. Who cares if they don’t eat lunch until noon and then don’t take a second nap until 1:30…big friggin’ deal. They are kids, and cranky ones when they don’t get their nap.

    Funny thing about all this is that when I mention sleep and sleep issues (or the fact that I believe my children behave well at school because they sleep well at night), no one remembers that I wrote a book about sleep that did quite well in our area. Yes, some folks bought it simply because it was me and they wanted to “support” me in all my endeavors. Others bought it to see what I had to say because rumor had surfaced that my children were good sleepers. DUH!


    Comment by Jerri Ann | May 7, 2007 | Reply

  8. We’re guilty of too many activities on the weekends too. We need a family nap for Mondays.

    Comment by Lady M | May 8, 2007 | Reply

  9. My family just can’t understand why we have to interupt our day on the weekends to nap. Good for you for making up for it on Mondays (and getting the extra quiet time for yourself)

    Comment by ktjrdn | May 8, 2007 | Reply

  10. I can’t decide which sounds more delicious…a cup of tea or a nap? 😉

    Comment by LoryKC | May 8, 2007 | Reply

  11. Three and a half hours!? That’s awesome. Poor things–we have friends who don’t let their kids nap on the weekends and they wonder why they get so cranky on Sunday afternoons.

    Comment by Kellie | May 8, 2007 | Reply

  12. Mary, I am very familiar with the no weekend nap phenomenon. Both my kids were in daycare in the early years, and after about age 2, they stopped napping on weekends (but still napped at daycare). At the time, daycare staff told us this was very common in daycare kids (suggesting that the kids wanted to spend every possible moment with Mom and Dad on the weekends).

    They both slept well at night (earlier bedtimes as a result) so we did not deliver cranky children to daycare on Monday.

    I feel for you.

    Comment by diane | May 8, 2007 | Reply

  13. Today I just don’t have time to respond to all of you individually as I usually do, but Kellie, your comment just had my jaw dropping to the floor. They WON’T LET their kids nap? And do they also refuse to let them EAT? That’s just weird.

    Comment by MaryP | May 8, 2007 | Reply

  14. Hunh. Ours sometimes fight the weekend naps, but a combination of not getting her anything extra (because she spends and hour and a half in bed sleeping or not) and bribery (hockey watching is for girls who nap) have restored them nicely most of the time.

    Comment by kittenpie | May 8, 2007 | Reply

  15. Laurel still demands two naps. It gives me a little one-on-one time with Ian. I know these days are numbered.

    Comment by mamacita tina | May 9, 2007 | Reply

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