Jessie - posted on 03/30/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
Hello, I'm the mom of an only 2 year-old daughter. She hardly (if ever) plays alone. She always wants to play with someone (me, my husband or grandparents, etc.). She has tons of toys and is fully capable of playing alone. I'm a very busy working mom, and of course, have things that need to be done periodically throughout the day when I am home and can't play with her constantly. I know the usual suggestion would be for us to join a play group or something of the sort. However, I live in a very small town and there are not any available play groups in my area.
My other question is- how can I break my daughter of not falling asleep on her own for naps? When I'm working, her grandparents, who take care of her, usually rock her to sleep for a nap. My father-in-law will actually hold her in his lap for hours while she sleeps. My husband doesn't see this as a problem, but I do. I would prefer him to at least put her down in her bed after she falls asleep. However, since my husband and I don't agree on this, it's difficult to convince him to ask his father to do it. I don't have the time to sit with her in my lap for hours, that's the time when I'm able to get things done around the house. So, when I'm at home, she does not usually nap. She does not have this problem going to bed at night, just for naps.
If anyone can offer ANY suggestions on my two problems, it would be very appreciated.