After work

Amanda - posted on 11/15/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )

2

11

0

By the time I get out of work and pick up my son from preschool I am exhausted. My little man is still ready to go and has the most energy I have ever seen and then by the time bed time comes its a fight and it usually takes him a while to fall asleep. I tried to stop naps at daycare but they just keep the naps going. I don't know what to do anymore about it. Anyone have any suggestions?

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Syreeta - posted on 02/20/2009

20

3

1

Maybe at preschool the children don't get enough play time? Perhaps when you get home you could give him some physical activities to do to tire him out. If you have a backyard let him play ball outside or what ever little boys want to do. That way he'll be able to get rid of some of his extra energy. My son is only 11 months and at his daycare he gets very little time to play. So when I get home, around 6, even though I am really tired I first feed him then I pull out many of his toys and play with him for a while, also I let him play alone while I cook. By the time 7:30 - 8 o'clock comes around he is tired and ready for his bath, his last bottle and bed! Besides free play is great for encouraging a childs creativity, and playing outside is a great way for him to get excersize!

7 Comments

View replies by

Olga - posted on 02/23/2009

6

20

1

Try to tire him out/calm him while you get dinner and things going at home. I usually give my 4 year old crayons and activities related to what they've been doing at school (whatever letter they are working on, color, shape) have him trace, and color. He may be all up in energy just trying to get your attention. I found that's what Alexander was doing and once we started doing that he winds down and by the time dinner is served he's ready to eat, take a bath and go to bed. The toddler nighttime bath gel from johnson is pretty good to help them relax in the bath. End the night with a short story while the lights are dimmed. Try keeping it the same each night. Kids like consistency even if it looks like they resist it most of the time.

Kate - posted on 02/22/2009

16

20

1

I have to agree about the bedtime routine. We used to have a terrible time getting my son to go to bed, he would throw tantrums beyond belief!! He was also in day-care and I had to talk to the teacher about the nap time too. She did respect my wishes and only let him sleep for an hour tops which did help. We now start our routine at 7:30 with his shower or bath then he has quiet time from8-8:30 where he can read a book, play with a quiet toy or watch TV with us, then at 8:30 it's time to get in bed, read a story and lights out. We have no problems with him now. Kids really need to have routine in their lives, and as exhausted as we are when we get home from work the last thing we want to do is fight with our kids! It might be difficult at first to find the routine that works best for you, but believe me it will be SO worth it in the end. Now my husband and I actually have a couple of hours every night for "adult" time, which I think everyone needs:))  Good luck to you!!

J - posted on 02/22/2009

2

5

0

I have a similar problem. we found that going for a quick swim at the beach (lucky for us it is nearby and it is summer In Western Australia) or a local pool sometimes helps wear our son down :) If daycare is not respecting your requests about naps then you need to talk to them about that too.

best of luck, Jules

Vicky - posted on 02/20/2009

35

13

8

if he after his bath he is still very energetic, try adding lavender bubble bath in his bath, it helps to sooth and calm them... i used it on both my girls, and they are so used to their routine now... i don't even need it..

Christie - posted on 01/24/2009

2

0

0

I work six days a week and have four kids, so I definately know how you feel.  I think the baths are great. They relax them and help them to wind down.  My youngest takes all his toys to the tub and will play forever. I put mine in their beds and put in a favorite movie.  This will give you some time to yourself. Usually they are asleep before the movie is over.  With my oldest, she would watch a movie and then want another. I got smart! I still put her in the bed, but with something boring to watch. That worked! Good Luck

Rosalyn - posted on 01/24/2009

4

4

2

A good bedtime routine might help him wind down when you get home, a nice long soak in the bath with some toys, followed by PJ's and a bedtime story in bed. If you can get him used to the routine the idea is he will expect a book after his bath, and lights out after the book? Easier said than done, but consistancy and persistance are worth it in the long run?

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms