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I once thought that the end of predictable naps from my preschooler was going to mean the end of my sanity. I thought I’d never get anything done again. I couldn’t imagine what I’d do with a child who stayed awake all day.
I realize it’s silly now, but when you spend the first year trying to get your baby to nap predictably, and then the next two years planning around that magical window of time where you can do anything you want in a blissfully quiet house, the end seems catastrophic.
But lo and behold, I’m still getting things done two years after my oldest stopped napping. One reason I’m able to continue to work part-time from home and preserve that mid-day, sanity-saving time for myself is the practice of Quiet Hour: a daily, mandatory hour of independent play for non-napping kids who are not yet in school all day.
I know the concept is familiar to many of you and certainly not my own invention, but I thought I’d share some of the ways we’ve made it work in our house.
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