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OK so i am one of those 'lucky' mothers with a lad who has always slept for 12 hours a night since he was 3 weeks and had a good 1/2 hour nap in the afternoon. Before you start so what does she have to complian about there is a filp side to every problem/non-problem. The boy now nearly 5 still needs an afternoon snooze most days but he is now in full time school and by the time it is home time he turns into a terror. I feel terriable for sending him to school when i know he is not going to get as  much out of the afternoons there as is available. I am trying to find out if he is eating enough in school. Has any one else had a problem like this ??? I am worried that he will get labeled as a naughty child because he is just so tired int he afternoons. Any advice appriciated

when life gives you a rainy day play in the puddles !!!
mum to 4 sons 13,7,4 and 2
a daughter 8 years ,
and always in my heart my angel xx

Have you had a word with the school?
When my dd was at school, the young children were allowed to lie down on some beanbags / cushions and doze if they needed to after lunch.

Are you near to the school and able to pick him up for lunch? He could eat something and then lie down for 20 minutes before you take him back, perhaps?

I would be finding it really hard not to take him out as he clearly needs that sleep. Bless him….......

I hope you are able to resolve this.

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Mum told me that my brother was like this.  He was one of the youngest in his class.  My mum decided that until he didn't need that sleep she would only send him to school for the mornings, which she did for a while, and he slept in the afternoons.  Is that an option for you?  He soon grew out of the need, and it didn't neagtively affect his education as he just got his phd!!  Not sure if you are "allowed" to do that now?  It was a long time ago and a very small village school where they were pretty easy going!

sorry that should read 1-2 hours sleep in the afternoon not 1/2 hour sleep !!!

I am concidering taking him out of school after lunch but my partner is really against this

I hope i dont have a whole weekend of tring to unschool him all weekend from all the undesirable things he has learnt this week in school, last week was spiting and screaming !!!

when life gives you a rainy day play in the puddles !!!
mum to 4 sons 13,7,4 and 2
a daughter 8 years ,
and always in my heart my angel xx

Can you find out what they do at school in the afternoon?  You will prob find that most formal learning is going on in the morning and the afternoon is more free play, reading and crafts etc, in which case it would be quite easy to provide those opportunities for him at home after a sleep.  Good luck, hope the weekend is better than last weeks!

Scuse me for asking but why is your dp against flexischooling?  What about full-time home education?

Oh, 1-2 *HOURS*. Then, surely it's time to convince your dh that it's best for your son not to attend school in the afternoons  :-\. I really wish you well with this - perhaps you could even defer school for a year?

Hope you have a good day with your son today smile

Starchild x

 

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Hey Jen,
Its me Leah! Finally online but v slow dial up! I know how much he needs his sleep but I am sure it will get better with time and chase the school about what he is eating!!! I know its not a perfect option but school doesnt seem to be working either so what about the Steiner school its only 9-1 so would totally solve the afternoon nap thing and you could put him in as many/few days as you like! I know the travel issue etc but it might be worth it for your peace of mind and quality time with a full of beans son!! Also M  might run with it.
Give you a bell soon
Leah x

It is worth remembering that many countries in Europe don't start formal type of schooling until about age 7 years.  I hope your husband agrees to taking him out in the afternoons (I am assuming your school does since you only mentioned convincing your dh).

I have now mentioned coming home from school to the lad, he said he did not want to and that 'mum its just got to be done' which made me laugh and feel more relaxed about the whole thing !!

when life gives you a rainy day play in the puddles !!!
mum to 4 sons 13,7,4 and 2
a daughter 8 years ,
and always in my heart my angel xx

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