Oh dear. Naptime is nightmarish. When did this happen? Sasha has never loved naps but these days, she acts like we're killing her slowly when we put her down. I'm blaming it somewhat on the terrible twos but I'm really putting most of the blame on her daycare.
As I just said, Sasha has never liked naptime but she usually went down with minimal fuss because she knew there was no getting out of it. She would cry and complain for a few minutes but then she was asleep because she was sleepy. It's easy to tell when Sasha is sleepy; I am rarely wrong when I say she needs a nap. Sasha, however, does not always know that she is sleepy. Sometimes she wants to stay up and play. Do you know why? Because she is a small child who is not capable of recognizing all her feelings and acting appropriately. She needs someone to help her and make decisions for her. Enter: caregiver.
For some reason, Sasha's babysitter thinks that Sasha is able to make decisions about naptime on her own. She thinks that if Sasha fusses to nap it means that she's not sleepy. This is clearly not the case. I just put Sasha down for a nap. She threw a crazy tantrum. I took her out, read her a story, and put her little butt back in the crib, where she screamed for approximately 2 minutes before falling soundly asleep. Does she scream like a maniac for a little bit? Yes! Because she's a toddler who wants to control her own life. But I have news for her: she can't control everything. In fact, she can't control most things. She's not even 2 years old. Duh. I'm the adult; I know what's best. Period.
Yes, I am that kind of mother. My kids don't run things. I do. I adore them. I mean, I love them to pieces. And that's precisely why I set clear limits for them. Loving your children does not mean letting them do what the hell they want to. In fact, just the opposite is true, if you ask me. Apparently, Sasha's daycare disagrees. *sigh* Clearly, I'm going to have to have another talk with her.