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It’s Not Nap Time

September 23, 2011
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When Dad heads down the hall for the bathroom, I pay attention because those trips are frequently followed by  a nap.

Dad would happily take an hour long nap in the morning and again in the afternoon. Fifteen minutes here or there is fine, but long naps are a problem.  We work very hard to keep the naps to a minimum because naps invariably mean little sleep at night.

I try to catch him before he is asleep. If he sneaks away and falls asleep, I leave him alone for 15 minutes and then wake him with a reminder of something the two of us were just about to do.  He always gets up when asked.

The key to limiting Dad’s napping is to keep him busy and knowing that my his naps directly impact my night of sleep is significant motivation to keep him busy!

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