Today was a disaster I care not to repeat. Have had similar incidents but today (first day of school after 12 days home for break) was truly lousy.
The goal: A reasonable schedule. Is that too much to ask?
The facts: My son is 6 and in kindergarten (full day) He has sleep issues ranging from asthma, croup, waking himself up coughing, night terrors, sleepwalking, standard nightmares, and being generally over tired.
To make the school bus I have to wake him around 6:40 at the LATEST. Waking up and eating is tough because he is EXHAUSTED. Rarely can he stomach more than a few bites of food (whole grain toast, soy milk, a kashi bar, oatmeal, etc) before he dozes off at the table. He then gets to school hungry/sleepy and has a small snack there around 10:15 and lunch around 12:15. (so he wakes up about 6:40 and his sister age 4 1/2 wakes up around 9)
My daughter and I have to walk about 4 blocks to get him at 2:15pm. It's a long walk trudging through deep snow, glare ice, and this week below zero temps. By the time the 3 of us get home we're frozen and exhausted. ... so now what ???
What's BEEN happening is we have a very quick snack and collapse into our beds. Unfortunately my son is so over-tired at this point (the long school day, lack of sleep, trying to keep up with his peers in gym with his asthma is all taxing on him.) that if left to his own devices his body wants him to sleep til like 6pm. Then dinner, any homework, occasional bath, reading, play time, and it's 9pm and he's not tired and it's WAY past an appropriate bedtime.
If we try and fight his bodily urges and NOT nap he'll either fall asleep during whatever he's doing or his exhaustion makes him rude, defiant, etc. ... And for those of you saying call the pediatrician I am over that. He was doing better taking Benadryl for sleep every night but he developed an intolerance and needed more and more every few months so we're trying to go natural.
SO! Tell me what u would do and as long as it's not too weird, I'll be trying it. As soon as tomorrow.
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