tapeA preschool in California is in hot water after a teacher allegedly tied up a 2-year-old girl for refusing to take a nap. The little girl's mom found out thanks to a photo the teacher took that was being passed around a gathering of current and former teachers, and you can just imagine the look on her face when she saw her toddler's wrists and ankles bound with masking tape!

Cops are investigating, so it looks like this teacher's disturbing nap strategies will be dealt with. But while we're on the subject, why is a daycare worker trying to FORCE a child to nap anyway?

The parenting experts tell us napping should be a pleasant experience for kids. If they're not into it, you're not going to make it happen with force ... especially not masking tape 'round the ankles and wrists.

And yet, there are mandatory nap times at myriad daycares, preschools, even kindergartens in the United States. Some are lax about it -- they require children be quiet for a certain period of time, but they don't expect everyone to actually close their eyes.

Then there are the maniacs. They try to force a one-size-fits-all nap time on a room full of little kids, and they get angry when the little kids push back.

Of course they push back! Because kids are different.

Some of my friends reported their kids were still conking out mid-afternoon right up through age 5. My kid, on the other hand, just up and quit naps as a toddler. It didn't matter what I said or did, she was not interested in an afternoon siesta. The more I fought, the more she dug in her heels. Fast forward to age 7, and she still sleeps very much on her own terms. She'll go to bed at 8 as directed, but she won't go to sleep until much later.

Hearing this horror story out of the Centerpointe Presbyterian Church preschool, I can only imagine what would have happened to her in a daycare that demanded she nap.

Would she have been that kid tied down by a frustrated facility worker? Or worse, one of the kids whose sippy cups were dosed with sleeping medicine at another California daycare last week?

I'd like to think that most daycare workers have more common sense and compassion than these women, but I shudder to think what other questionable methods are being used to "force" kids to nap when they're just not tired.

Do you think it's OK for daycares to force kids to nap? What would you do if they did it to your child?

 

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