Bedtime tickets are a quick and easy way to manage those "callbacks and curtain calls" that all kids like to make after the bedtime routine is over. Bedtime tickets are small cards good for one or two more callbacks or curtain calls. These tickets are a great way to set limits at bedtime in a … Continue reading Tired of “Callbacks and Curtain Calls” After Lights Out? Try Bedtime Tickets!
The bad news: you may be making two common mistakes during your preschool- or elementary-aged child’s bedtime routine that are keeping your child from sleeping well. The good news: both mistakes are easy to fix! Mistake number one: Staying with your child until he or she is completely asleep. Parents often ask me, “Why does … Continue reading Why doesn’t your child sleep well? The two mistakes you may be making during your child’s bedtime routine
Do you have some lawnmower parenting tendencies? You’ve heard of helicopter parenting, but there’s a new phrase making the rounds now: lawnmower parenting. Lawnmower parenting refers to a parenting style that strives to “mow down” all obstacles, challenges or difficulties in a child’s path. Of course, no one really wants to be a lawnmower parent, … Continue reading Kids of “lawnmower parents” may not be great sleepers
Would you like to set up your child’s bedroom to encourage great sleep? (Well, of course you would!) To do this, you'll want to remove some things and add others. Let’s start by talking about what to remove from your child’s bedroom Electronics Ideally, children’s bedrooms should have no electronics at all. To quote from the American … Continue reading How to set up your school-age child’s bedroom so that it promotes great sleep
There are so many reasons why you might want to make sure that your preschool and school-aged child’s bedroom is very safe. Perhaps your child has begun to sleepwalk at night. Maybe you'd like to be able to leave your preschool child in his or her room to play for just a few minutes while you tend … Continue reading How to make your preschool and school-age child’s bedroom very safe
Do you ever wonder if your child might benefit from a sleep study? Or, has your child already been scheduled for one? You might wonder what is involved and how to make your child more comfortable during this procedure. You might also wonder whether your child will be able to tolerate the necessary sensations for the … Continue reading Do you wonder if your child needs a sleep study? And, if your child is already scheduled for one, here’s how to make this easier for your child
Adam was an 8-year-old boy whose parents brought him in for a sleep evaluation because he had actually walked right out of his home in the middle of the night and had gone to the front door of his friend’s home three houses away. His family was very concerned that he might leave his home … Continue reading How to keep a sleepwalking child safe
Sleep paralysis occurs when you are falling asleep (or waking up) and you find yourself unable to move or speak. An episode of sleep paralysis usually lasts only one or two minutes but, while it lasts, it can be quite frightening and may even result in the feeling that there is someone (or something) in the … Continue reading Sleep Paralysis: What is it, what causes it and what can I do about it?
“The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep” by the Swedish psychologist, Carl-Johan Forssen, rose to the very top of Amazon’s best-seller list when it was first published. Parents just can’t resist the promise on the book’s cover that the story can make anyone fall asleep. Many children do respond to the book but others do … Continue reading The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep
You've done everything right at bedtime and your little cherub sleeps well all night, but…now your child is waking up at 4am every day! What to do? Try some of the options below. Improve Your Child’s Bedroom Environment Does your child’s room get bright too early? Try blinds, blackout or dark curtains, or even pieces … Continue reading What should I do if my child wakes up too early?