We still put the boys down to “rest.” Science may say that naps are no longer healthy after the age of 2, but I would like to invite Science to come deal with muppets after a long day and no nap.
(Also, I am 34 and still greatly enjoy naps. So does most of Europe. Suck it Science.)
So this weekend, we once again fought the valiant naptime battle.
Me: We’re going to take a rest.
Search: No. But we didn’t play a lot!
Me: It’s rest time.
Search: Aw man…
Me: Now remember, you don’t have to sleep – but you have to start in your bed. And you have to stay in your room and stay quiet.
I tucked in my little dudes and turned off the light. The house remained quiet for approximately 30 seconds. Then the whispering began – slowly growing into a full-blown chatter.
<15 minutes later>
Jon: Well, I don’t think the boys are napping. But it sounds like they’re playing nicely.
Destroy: <voice heard from his room> Hey Search, it’s my turn to dive!
Search: <voice heard from his room> Oh man, are you ok?
Destroy: <simultaneous voice heard from his room> I’m ok! … … … Shake it! Shake shake shake. Shake it!
Search: <voice heard from his room> My turn to drive!
Jon: I’d really like them to actually nap.
Me: Yeah. I don’t see that happening.
Search: <voice heard from his room> I did NOT push that button.
<Door opens. Two 4-year-olds come scampering out with very guilty looking expressions. Blaring beep of alarm clock follows.>
Search: Um, we cannot sleep because the clock is too loud.
Jon: And how could that have happened? Were you playing with it?
Search and Destroy: No! We didn’t touch it.
<Boys reinstated into the bedroom.>
Destroy: <voice heard from his room> Want to see my super cool trick? Let me show you. Watch this!
Search: <voice heard from his room> Oh my goodness, Buzz!
Destroy: <voice heard from his room> To infinity and beyond!
Search: <voice heard from his room> That’s not flying! That’s falling with style!
Jon: So, how long till we end up in the ER?