Posted by: Jamie Stamm | March 23, 2009

Semantics

After months of flat out refusing naps, Anthony is once again agreeing to them – on his own terms, of course.

Ant’s been battling a cold for the past week, and out of sheer exhaustion, his eyes have been drooping by about noon each day. But mention the word nap, and the “nos” come fast and furious.

So one day midweek, I tried a different tactic.

“How about a rest?” I asked. “You don’t have to sleep. Let’s just lie in Mommy and Daddy’s bed together and have a little rest.”

Ant was OK with the idea. And guess what? After a few minutes, his eyelids fluttered, and then closed, and he slept for a full two hours.

The same semantics – using “rest” instead of “nap” – have worked every day since. And now, “rest” may have replaced “bedtime” as well.

Because tonight, as I put him to bed, Anthony asked if it was time for “our long rest.”

“Yes,” I told him. “We’re going to rest until morning.”

And hopefully he will.

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  1. So cute! Javi takes “rests” and has since he was probably 4 years old. These days he rarely sleeps during his rests, but it’s still known to happen!


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