My son cannot distinguish between today and tomorrow. He
thinks that every time he wakes up from a nap a new day has begun. Sleep equals tomorrow regardless of whether
it was a nap or nighttime. I’m not
quite sure how to cure him of this condition. I’ve tried explaining that another day cannot pass until the sun has set
and the moon has come up but this goes right over his head and is unfortunately
negated by the many sightings of the moon that we’ve had during daylight hours. This inability to distinguish between bedtime and naps may seem like a fairly benign condition but it does
create some conflict in our household.
I told my son, for example, this past Tuesday that we would
be getting the pool out tomorrow. He
smiled and said, “Yippee!” and did a little happy dance. A couple hours later he woke up from his nap
and began this conversation:
Son: Are we
getting the pool out today?
remember? We’re getting it out
Son: That was
yesterday. I just woke up.
Me: Sweetie, that
was a nap. It’s still the same day as
it was before you went to bed.
Son: What? ((((Pause while he comprehends the
situation)))) I thought we were getting
out today! (Jumping commences) You TOLD me we were getting it out
and it IS tomorrow. (tears start to
Me: It has to get
dark and light again before a new day begins. The sun is still up. We’ll
pool out tomorrow. I promise.
The crying and jumping went on for a few minutes while he
came to terms with the pool situation. I reassured him that tomorrow was not very far away and explained the
distinction between naps and bedtime again to him, grasping at straws in the
hopes that it would finally compute in that head of his. It didn’t. After his nap yesterday he wished my daughter a happy birthday because I
told him earlier in the day that her birthday was tomorrow.