Monday, August 11, 2008

We don't HAVE to tell my mother.

We've had some behavior issues with my daughter recently. Nothing we can't get around, but she's cranky and prone to meltdowns. We've adjusted nap and bed times accordingly and that helped a bit, but there was still something nagging as well as the feeling she just wasn't getting enough rest.

I think we've found part of the answer.

My dear, sweet girl has been getting out of her bed at nap time, grabbing books off her shelves and spending the majority of her nap time looking at the books instead of sleeping. Further, she's figured out that if she turns on the extra nightlight in her room at night, I can't tell from outside the room she's done it and she can look at her books for a while at night too.

I was notorious for reading by nightlight, flashlight and even opening my bedroom door after my parents were asleep to read by the light that came down the hall from the bathroom nightlight. One of my most vivid childhood memories is of being told it was time for bed and asking permission to finish the chapter I was reading in a Nancy Drew mystery. Mom agreed and I kept reading until she finally stopped me....a full two chapters later, as I was a fast reader and just had to push that limit. She finally made me go to bed, but I'll bet you can guess the first thing I did when I woke the next morning. I finished that book before breakfast when I'd only borrowed it the afternoon before.

She comes by it naturally.


hydrogeek said...

How old is your daughter? 3 years old? Mine is 20 months, and I'm just wondering when to expect this, since her dad and I both STILL do this. Only we don't have to sneak a flashlight under the covers anymore.

Mandy said...

She'll be 3 1/2 in October. She's always been a fan of looking at books, and we laugh because she wants to take 2-3 with us when we go out to eat, etc. (Which is totally find with us - keeps her happy while we wait)

My husband and I are both avid readers, though his love of reading took off later in life than mine did. And he doesn't get as into a book as I do, waking and diving right back into a book first thing in the morning. He couldn't believe I finished the last Harry Potter book in less than 48 hours, and it was the same weekend we painted our daughter's room. LOL