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Kindergartners and Naps Karaina22 Due December 2; 1 child; Alaska 1625 posts
20th Oct '13

First, I am not a fan of the new BG update... at all.

Second, My daughter is 5 years old as of September... she is strong, opinionated and STUBBORN. Which are all traits I love about her. But HOLY CRAP is she stubborn. She doesn't take naps, ever at school or at home normally because it's a huge waste of time, she lays in there and doesn't sleep and is twice as grumpy when she gets out of her napless nap time.

She is dead tired and incoherent by the end of the day most days. We adjust her bedtime, but she stays on a very consistent schedule during the school week and even so on the weekends. There are some weekend days where she NEEDS to take a nap to make it to her REGULAR bed time when we have functions going on (which is every weekend).

Yesterday, we had my nephews birthday party, so we laid her down, knowing it would take a while for her to fall asleep. Literally even with being consistent, after two hours, no nap. So finally we got her up and got her ready.

Today, we don't have anything going on outside of the house, she was up early, had breakfast, played, and by noon I told her it was nap time. She was mad, went potty, laid down (with her cute attitude)...it is now 3:20pm and she is still awake. I warned her that we didn't have anything to do today and that she would lay there until she naps, but COME ON. Three and a half hours?! I don't want to give in to her, but it's seriously almost Dinner time.

I don't know if this is more a vent, or asking for advice. But anything helps.

I can deal with other peoples' children all day, but man, oh man, she always gives her Momma hell more so than anyone else..


Thank you!!

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 47234 posts
status 20th Oct '13

5 is quite old to still be having day time naps.

What time does she go to bed?

Yurvette [♥] 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Hyrule Castle, LZ, San Marino 36713 posts
20th Oct '13

My son never took naps last year and he was in full day...

tonys_mama(army wife) Due August 2; 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Fort Irwin, California 15581 posts
20th Oct '13

I think 5 is to old for naps. My son and daughter stopped napping at 3. What time does she go to bed and wake up?

Stephloveslynden Due August 2 (boy); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; California 24423 posts
20th Oct '13

Quoting speaktruth2powr:
5 is quite old to still be having day time naps.

What time does she go to bed?




No it's not, my daughter's school requires the kindergarteners have nap time and most of the kids, including my daughter, sleep during that time. When they are in school they are being very simulated and their minds and bodies need rest as they are still developing.

Stephloveslynden Due August 2 (boy); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; California 24423 posts
20th Oct '13

Quoting Future Mrs:
First, I am not a fan of the new BG update... at all.

Second, My daughter is 5 years old as of September... she is strong, opinionated and STUBBORN. Which are all traits I love about her. But HOLY CRAP is she stubborn. She doesn't take naps, ever at school or at home normally because it's a huge waste of time, she lays in there and doesn't sleep and is twice as grumpy when she gets out of her napless nap time.

She is dead tired and incoherent by the end of the day most days. We adjust her bedtime, but she stays on a very consistent schedule during the school week and even so on the weekends. There are some weekend days where she NEEDS to take a nap to make it to her REGULAR bed time when we have functions going on (which is every weekend).

Yesterday, we had my nephews birthday party, so we laid her down, knowing it would take a while for her to fall asleep. Literally even with being consistent, after two hours, no nap. So finally we got her up and got her ready.

Today, we don't have anything going on outside of the house, she was up early, had breakfast, played, and by noon I told her it was nap time. She was mad, went potty, laid down (with her cute attitude)...it is now 3:20pm and she is still awake. I warned her that we didn't have anything to do today and that she would lay there until she naps, but COME ON. Three and a half hours?! I don't want to give in to her, but it's seriously almost Dinner time.

I don't know if this is more a vent, or asking for advice. But anything helps.

I can deal with other peoples' children all day, but man, oh man, she always gives her Momma hell more so than anyone else..


Thank you!!




I wish I knew what magic trick my daughters' school uses to get them to nap because they sleep for an hour at school but are complete napless nightmares on weekends! Try telling her she doesn't have to sleep but she needs to lay there quietly for an hour. Hopefully that will at least rest her and help. Ps it's been my own personal experience that 5 year olds are just very grumpy sassy people lol.

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 47234 posts
status 20th Oct '13

Quoting Steph+Alice+Caroline:

No it's not, my daughter's school requires the kindergarteners have nap time and most of the kids, including my daughter, sleep during that time. When they are in school they are being very simulated and their minds and bodies need rest as they are still developing.



That is extremely rare, I don't know anywhere with a FDK program that still has naps.


Yurvette [♥] 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Hyrule Castle, LZ, San Marino 36713 posts
20th Oct '13

Quoting speaktruth2powr:

That is extremely rare, I don't know anywhere with a FDK program that still has naps.






I agree... I know when I was a kid it was everywhere, but nowadays its not.

Stephloveslynden Due August 2 (boy); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; California 24423 posts
20th Oct '13

Quoting speaktruth2powr:

That is extremely rare, I don't know anywhere with a FDK program that still has naps.






Every school in our district does it. All kindergarten classes are until 2-3pm. My kindergarten had nap time too when I was a child and I lived in New Hampshire.

tonys_mama(army wife) Due August 2; 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Fort Irwin, California 15581 posts
20th Oct '13

Quoting Steph+Alice+Caroline:

Every school in our district does it. All kindergarten classes are until 2-3pm. My kindergarten had nap time too when I was a child and I lived in New Hampshire.



We don't have nap time here in the silver valley school district and I know LAUSD doesn't do naps either. I haven't heard of a full day kindergarten doing nap time for a long time.

Karaina22 Due December 2; 1 child; Alaska 1625 posts
20th Oct '13

Quoting Steph+Alice+Caroline:

I wish I knew what magic trick my daughters' school uses to get them to nap because they sleep for an hour at school but are complete napless nightmares on weekends! Try telling her she doesn't have to sleep but she needs to lay there quietly for an hour. Hopefully that will at least rest her and help. Ps it's been my own personal experience that 5 year olds are just very grumpy sassy people lol.




Honestly? My daughter NEEDS a nap. I don't believe five is too old if she genuinely needs one. She wakes up M-F around 6:30/7am. Weekends anywhere from 7-8am. She goes to be between 7-8pm every night, but she takes a while to fall asleep so fall asleep can be anywhere from 730-930. I should add, she is an extreme sleep walker and has night terrors. So for the last 6-8 months I am up with her anywhere from 3-12 times every night. So. yes. she does need a nap, regardless of her age. Also, As Steph+Alice+Caroline stated, she is seriously active EVERY day. She falls asleep in the car every day after school and does extra curricular activities.

Steph, I usually end up telling her that, to just lay in bed quietly for an hour, the huge reason I'm trying to be sure she has one is she will need one the day of our Wedding (in five weeks) because she will be up entirely passed her bedtime, and I'm worried she won't be able to hang and be smiley etc for all the pictures if she doesn't have one. :(

Thank you for your input.

Stephloveslynden Due August 2 (boy); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; California 24423 posts
20th Oct '13

Quoting Future Mrs:

Honestly? My daughter NEEDS a nap. I don't believe five is too old if she genuinely needs one. She wakes up M-F around 6:30/7am. Weekends anywhere from 7-8am. She goes to be between 7-8pm every night, but she takes a while to fall asleep so fall asleep can be anywhere from 730-930. I should add, she is an extreme sleep walker and has night terrors. So for the last 6-8 months I am up with her anywhere from 3-12 times every night. So. yes. she does need a nap, regardless of her age. Also, As Steph+Alice+Caroline stated, she is seriously active EVERY day. She falls asleep in the car every day after school and does extra curricular activities.

Steph, I usually end up telling her that, to just lay in bed quietly for an hour, the huge reason I'm trying to be sure she has one is she will need one the day of our Wedding (in five weeks) because she will be up entirely passed her bedtime, and I'm worried she won't be able to hang and be smiley etc for all the pictures if she doesn't have one. :(

Thank you for your input.



Every kid is different I hate the jerks on here who think they know everything. Um plenty of kindergarteners all over the world take naps lol. I really wish I had better advice on how to get her to sleep. I would just keep trying with a routine and hope it works. The more you are consistent with it the more likely she is to follow. My friend's son, also 5 and in kindergarten, stopped napping at 4 but my friend realized he needs those naps now so she makes him lay down and do quiet time and the routine has made he get back in to napping.

Stephloveslynden Due August 2 (boy); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; California 24423 posts
20th Oct '13

Quoting tonys_mama(army wife):

We don't have nap time here in the silver valley school district and I know LAUSD doesn't do naps either. I haven't heard of a full day kindergarten doing nap time for a long time.




I'm not sure if you're just starting facts about your area but I was talking about my own personal experience. I don't really care what y'all have heard of, nap time is the norm where I live.

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 47234 posts
status 20th Oct '13

Quoting Steph+Alice+Caroline:

Every kid is different I hate the jerks on here who think they know everything. Um plenty of kindergarteners all over the world take naps lol. I really wish I had better advice on how to get her to sleep. I would just keep trying with a routine and hope it works. The more you are consistent with it the more likely she is to follow. My friend's son, also 5 and in kindergarten, stopped napping at 4 but my friend realized he needs those naps now so she makes him lay down and do quiet time and the routine has made he get back in to napping.



Wait....how are we jerks? People just commented that in their experience it is unusual for a 5 year old to still nap.

Doesn't mean we are "know it alls".

Karaina22 Due December 2; 1 child; Alaska 1625 posts
20th Oct '13

Quoting Steph+Alice+Caroline:

Every kid is different I hate the jerks on here who think they know everything. Um plenty of kindergarteners all over the world take naps lol. I really wish I had better advice on how to get her to sleep. I would just keep trying with a routine and hope it works. The more you are consistent with it the more likely she is to follow. My friend's son, also 5 and in kindergarten, stopped napping at 4 but my friend realized he needs those naps now so she makes him lay down and do quiet time and the routine has made he get back in to napping.



Thank you. She doesn't have naps during the week, but we do so much on the weekends that sometimes she just has to have one or we have meltdowns by the end of the day, and thats seriously no fun when we are out and can't meet her needs by giving her even a brief 30 minute nap. Thank you for being understanding, I am just trying to instill in her that she WILL need a nap on the Wedding day if she wants the privilege of being up wellllll after her bed time. =)