How Should I Deal with My Child’s Nightmares or Night Terrors?

Let’s first talk about the differences between nightmares and night terrors. A nightmare is a bad dream that causes a child to wake up with feelings of fear. Nightmares are very common in young children. Most will seek out a parent after a nightmare and most will also recall them in the morning. Nightmares usually … Continue reading How Should I Deal with My Child’s Nightmares or Night Terrors?

Sleep training your child benefits you as a parent, too. Here’s how.

Helping your child become a more independent sleeper at bedtime will result in many benefits to your child, of course, but you will reap the benefits, too. Let’s review just a few of the reasons. You and your spouse are likely to have more quality time together If your child learns to fall asleep quickly … Continue reading Sleep training your child benefits you as a parent, too. Here’s how.

Why doesn’t your child sleep well? The two mistakes you may be making during your child’s bedtime routine

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

Kids of “lawnmower parents” may not be great sleepers

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

How to set up your school-age child’s bedroom so that it promotes great sleep

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

How to make your preschool and school-age child’s bedroom very safe

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