Our youngest 2 are 5 1/2 and 3, and both are still taking a 2 hour nap most days (KGer has am KG). Some days they just get crazy and don't nap instead. Their falling asleep time is creeping later and later, like past 10 pm. Our family needs to wake up at 6:30 am to start our day, and the time is non-negotiable for the KGer.
The kicker is that often our older children have activities that require our youngers to be out of the house well past 8 pm, several nights of the week (T, W, Th, F), and so we have held onto the naptime so they can recharge.
It is taking longer and longer for them to settle down for a nap, and in many ways, especially bedtime, it seems like they would do well with eliminating naps entirely. The biggest problem is, that _I_ seriously need a nap most weekdays of at least 30 minutes to be at all functional for the rest of the day. It is less necessary than a year ago, as our 3 year old is finally sleeping through the night.
I am a student midwife, and I am at a day of prenatals most weeks, and they rest or sleep at their childcare location. Late afternoon and evening is CRAZY when they don't sleep.
I am really unsure what to do with this situation. And I never had a 5 year old nap this long--my other kids stopped napping around 3 or 4. Any suggestions?