PROVIDERS!!! I need your help. Summer is looming. I’ve had a few sick/half days that remind me that I have three big kids who don’t sleep, and then a bunch of littles who do. How do I preserve naptime when the big kids are here? How do you do it?
As it is, I have kids spread all over the first floor of my house for napping: kitchen, hallway, living room, play room. I have to do this because my kids are generally not natural nappers. They are a very social bunch who would much rather play and horse around than sleep. That’s why I keep them so spread apart. If they see each other, no sleeping.
Now, add the big kids into that. Do I just confine them to one room? It’s hard to do. They’ll sit for a short movie but after that they’re restless. If I can get the littles down they’ll sleep much longer than the bigs are willing to be quiet. And the bigs are also asking for snack, using the bathroom, going outside to play, running upstairs for a new toy, etc. etc. etc. etc. I actually do spend quiet time with them to (attempt to) keep them entertained, but they lose interest in me after half an hour.
I know some providers who sleep all the kids in one room – I don’t know how they do it! If I could manage that the bigs could move more freely, but I don’t see how I’ll get the littles to settle down to sleep. I’ve also seen dividers that some people use and when I’ve tried they just get knocked down. Does anyone have a good STURDY divider suggestion?
If you have secrets for me, please share! I’ll take all the help I can get. Thanks ladies!