I am going crazy here! My 3 year old will not take a nap. We have a lot of expenses and a deadline to do a lot of DMV stuff, so I have gotten extra stressed and ended up spanking her. Nothing like the spankings I got as a kid, but I did hit her in frustration and I can't get her to take a nap.
What happens when she doesn't take a nap, is she is very destructive, she is rough with the 8mos. old and she will go outside by herself, and much more.
I've explained to her why she needs a nap, and that if she doesn't nap she can't go out to play with her friends. But it drives me crazy to have her inside for so long too, so I don't really know what to do.
She ends up being whiny and mean all day, and we end up being annoyed with each other. It pretty much ruins the whole day when we get to nap time and she doesn't nap. It's not that she isn't tired, I know when she is. She woke up early and she played inside for awhile, before going out to play with her friends for a few hours, but she is very determined to fight sleep and she's always been that way.
I need a new strategy. Please help if you have any advice.