With the loss of the coveted afternoon nap (sniff, sniff) I have tried to instigate a daily quiet time where my daughter (3) would ideally stay in her room for an hour or so and play quietly & independently (read/look at books, play with doll, draw/colour, puzzles etc).
The trouble is that I spend most of this time taking her back to her room & trying to get her to stay there. Eventually, I just give up and my precious hour of quiet time is more like 30 minutes of running up and down the stairs... and yes, I know that I have created a dangerous precedent that whining gets you out of quiet time :(
So, what do you do to make quiet time a success? And please, no suggestions of TV/DVD - I'm not anti-TV, but it has its place and that's not during independent play time!
asked 29 Oct '10, 03:59
A few suggestions/thoughts (you maybe already trying some of these):
I agree with you about losing the afternoon sleep time. I struggled with this when it happened to us. That is when I came up with the mixture of TV and quiet play by yourself time.
answered 29 Oct '10, 06:04