I have to admit, before I had my own kids, I did not get the big idea about naps. So, I totally understand if you tune out right now if you don't have kids. Just scroll to the bottom for a link to some great planners and organizers.
For the last 5 years, naps and bedtimes have certainly played a big part in dictacting our family schedule. Here are some of our battles:
- can't go out because we have an infant who takes 2 naps
- need to head home quick to catch someone's afternoon naps
- we're coming late because they napped longer than we thought
- kids can't sleep at night because they're napping too long
- Dah! They just fell asleep in the car!
- should we drop a nap?
- should we just shorten the nap?
- Lastly... what about MY naps! :)
Well, in the past 2 weeks, we've had an admittedly small change in our family schedule, but to me, it has been a change of epic proportions. My #2 has stopped napping in the afternoon, which caused us to change our bedtime routine... long story short... All 3 of my little ones are out by 8:30 and I've found 2 extra hours in the evening that I've been missing for the last 5 years!! :D
So, needlesstosay, I've been enjoying my evenings and have been a little lazy. I can hang out with the hubby, catch a show, even do some work on the computer, tidy up AND be in bed by 12:00! No more 1 or 2am for me! Is this the way the rest of you have been doing it all this time?
Ok... I admit, this is probably revolutionary to only me, but boy, I feel like I've won the lottery and have been given a true gift of time.
Lastly, I do have something helpful to share. I came across this site with some great family schedules and checklists that you can download for free. LOTS of good stuff. Check it out!