As of today we officially have TWO preschoolers. Cameron is entering 3-Year-Old Preschool and Kaiden has entered Junior Kindergarten. I’ve had so many emotions about having two of my boys in school simultaneously (and so young nonetheless), but ultimately know it’s definitely the best decision for them, their education and for my sanity.
With that being said we are entering a very new and weird transition in our family. Up until this point the boys have been on practically the same schedule. Not only do our two oldest share a room, but they’ve also shared a morning routine, nap time, a bed time (8:30PM) and a bedtime routine. With this new school year though things are changing. And it’s a bit unsettling and harder to navigate our days.
The Conundrum of Transition
Long are the days where everyone naps simultaneously. We have reached this really weird point where Kaiden, who just turned 4, no longer needs a nap. We’ve been super fortunate to have gotten him to nap for as long as we did. The sheer fact that we had a 4-year-old who would still take naps without a fight is a miracle. However, with the start of the school year we knew it was time to cut the nap out and move his bedtime a bit earlier.
Enter the conundrum.
Cameron who turns three in two weeks definitely still takes a nap and NEEDS a nap. We’ve entered another hard phase of having children so close in age. They’re close enough to still enjoy all the same things and be best buds, but just far enough in age where a nap versus no nap makes a HUGE difference.
So we are carefully navigating through this time. I know after a couple of months it’ll be just a new routine we’ve become accustomed to. But for now it’s a bit difficult to explain to the almost 3-year-old that he still needs a nap even though big bro doesn’t have to take one. And even harder to explain to the 4-year-old that he has to go to bed earlier since he doesn’t nap, but baby bro doesn’t have to go to bed yet.
Ya feel me folks?
In the grand scheme of things I know this is small potatoes. One day we’ll be discussing much harder things and battling different parenting woes.
But for now it’s navigating the weird transitions we encounter as we raise these three boys up to be healthy and happy humans.
And especially when naps are involved.
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