My little one will be 3 next month. She stopped napping about 6 months ago. At first I tried to make her do quiet time. Just her playing in her room by herself. She did it for a bit. But then it got to be her making me come upstairs every 5 minutes and her standing at the top of the stairs whining and annoying me. No rest for her and my blood pressure was way UP afterwards. It was more trouble than it was worth, so I dropped it. She used to be ok without the nap, but lately she is very tired, needing downtime. I find myself plopping her in front of the tv around 1 so she can rest and I can have a mental break. I don't feel good about this though. I'd rather the tv not be involved. I do think she needs to be playing quietly by herself - but I can't seem to make her do it.
Anyone have any suggestions on how to get your child to rest, give mama a break, etc? She's pretty strong willed and I never ever had luck just leaving her to go to sleep on her own, etc. She would cry and cry and is prone to do the same thing now - which I'm still not cool with at the age of 3.