So much of your child’s disposition has to do with his last night’s sleep or whether he’s taken a nap. This is really no different for adults as well. Your quality of sleep has a lot to do with how you’re feeling. How you handle your child’s ill tempered disposition because of sleep deprivation, or whatever other cause, is the challenge that will define your parenting skills as pro or amateur.
As soon as I get home from work and my 4 1/2 year old boy and 2 1/2 year old girl rush up to see me and hug me, I can see in their eyes whether they’ve had a nap or not. Generally if there has been no nap, it’s entirely apparent in their eyes and quickly becomes apparent in their disposition. Without a nap, kids are much more likely to be standoffish at the simplest of questions or a request for a hug. When you place a plate of food in front of them and they swipe at it and say they don’t want it and are difficult to deal with, it’s often because there was no nap that day.