As father of two preschoolers, I advocate naps.
Most importantly, naps refresh my kids. Naps make them happier people and function better.
So I asked the question at Julian’s pre-Kindergarten parent orientation night: “Do the kids get nap time or even quiet time in Kindergarten?”
The principle leading the discussion said yes, but the other teachers standing next to him nodded their heads no.
Then the principle said it depends on the class.
Then he acknowledged that naps phase out after Kindergarten, even though we (pointing to himself and then the parents) would do better with them.
If naps are good for us — and scientific research proves they make us healthier, happier and learn better — then why don’t we sanction them in our schools?
Personally, I love napping. However, my habit of not napping, coupled with life anxiety, tends to prohibit my ability to fall asleep in the middle of the day.
I wish that were not the case.