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How Children's Sleep Issues Affect the Family

on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 02:59

Many parents know that sleep problems can affect their child’s functioning during the day and at school. What they often neglect to address is the impact that it has on their own functioning and the family unit. Parents either assume their child will grow out of sleep problems or they feel there is no solution and they don’t implement any interventions.

The fact is, when children have sleep issues it not only interferes with the child’s well-being, but that of the entire household. So, a child’s sleep issues can quickly become a family problem.

Back-to-School Tips and Confessions of a Sleep Coach

on Tue, 08/27/2013 - 03:33

I must confess, summer is a time that I become lazy in instilling healthy sleep habits in my children. This summer I returned my children home by 11:00pm from Fourth of July fireworks. I allowed my 9–year-old to have soda with caffeine at late night barbeques, and I cut bedtime routines short. I am guilty of getting off a healthy sleep track, and I am a Sleep Coach. I share this with parents to let them know, parenting is not perfect, and I am not alone. Many parents have struggled with being consistent in the summer.

What Could Be Preventing Sleep Success

on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 00:45

I have worked with a number of parents who found me after they tried every sleep training method that exists.   You name it, they had read about it, highlighted what was relevant to their child, and implemented what they understood with commitment and vigor. Unfortunately, these tired parents did not get their hoped for results.   Eventually, these families found their way to me exhausted and very frustrated that their child was still having sleep issues.

Holiday Sleep Survival

on Sun, 11/18/2012 - 02:38

Tis' the season to be cranky and sleep deprived.

Although the holidays can be a time of joy and celebration, they are also a time of great stress. When it comes to our young children, we tend to cut corners with their schedule and their sleep just to make it through the holiday shopping, parties, and family gatherings. The result is often cranky children and families. I have told parents to protect naps and try to stick to a routine as much as possible.

What is the Most Effective Way to Teach Your Child to Sleep?

on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 02:40

Before I answer that question, some information on Daylight Saving time.

On Sunday November 4th we change our clocks back one hour.  This change in time actually affects our circadian rhythms (our internal body clock).   Even though the number on the electronic clock may read one way, our body clocks won’t match for a few days and will be running on the old time.  Adults and children may need some time to adjust to this shift.

It’s best to have your child adjust his schedule to the new clock time for wake up, naps, meals, and bedtime, on the day of the time change.

Back-to-School Sleep Issues

on Fri, 08/17/2012 - 22:23

It’s that time of year already.  Summer is winding down and back to school supplies are already on the store shelves.  Whether your child is going off to kindergarten, starting preschool, or attending day care, it can be a stressful time for the entire family. Schedules have to be re- adjusted from lack of routine, bedtimes have to be pushed earlier and more structure will have to be enforced.  Your child may deal with a bout of separation anxiety when going off to school or he may resist the end of the lazy days of summer.

Summer Sleep Stoppers

on Tue, 07/31/2012 - 08:31

While summer can mean fun in the sun and carefree family vacations, it can also be a disruptive time for our children’s sleep habits.  From my work with my clients’ children  and with my own children,  I have identified some summer “Sleep Stoppers”,  along with helpful tips to get children back on track, and keep them sleeping through the night.  

TOP THREE “SUMMER SLEEP STOPPERS”

 

1. TRAVEL AND VACATIONS Many parents often feel exhausted after their vacation with the kids.

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