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Understanding “Drowsy But Awake”

on Wed, 05/03/2017 - 17:21

If you have read books and articles focused on getting children to sleep, you would have stumbled upon the term, “Drowsy but Awake”.  It is the optimal state that children will need to reach in order to practice self-soothing skills to put themselves to sleep at bedtime and in the middle of the night.  When I hold sleep workshops and classes, I often get questions about what “drowsy but awake” looks like.  In general, you would want your child to be drowsy enough to fall asleep soon after going to bed, and awake enough to practice important self -soothing skills.

Getting Your Child to Nap

on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:42

Getting your child to nap can be very frustrating. Naps are the toughest part of sleep training. When teaching children to sleep, in most cases, night sleep falls into place first. Naps can be a lot more stubborn. It can be tempting to give up on getting your child to nap, but it is important to make a solid effort. Poor naps lead to night time sleep disruption, and can affect day time behavior. Here are some helpful nap tips that parents should know when attempting to nap train their child. Learning and practicing these tips can help parents have an increased chance of nap success.

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Preventing Tantrums

on Fri, 08/01/2014 - 18:00



Dealing with a tantrum is an inevitable challenge that comes with parenting. As frustrating as they are, tantrums are part of normal child development. They may take on different forms as your child grows older. Tantrums can present as kicking and screaming on the floor as a toddler, to whining, crying, and defiance as a school -aged child. Tantrums cannot be completely avoided because children are still developing the skills to be masters of their emotions. It is hard to stop a tantrum after it erupts.

How Parents Can Get Their Sleep on Track

on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:19

As a devoted parent, you may have spent months or years in a sleep -deprived fog attending to your child’s sleep issues. When you finally see light at the end of the tunnel, and your child’s sleep issues improve or resolve, you may find that you cannot sleep. You might still take a long time to fall asleep and continue to wake up at night even when your child is fast asleep. How frustrating! Spending an extended period of time in sleep disruption, can wreak havoc on your “internal body clock” or circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms regulate our sleep.

The Unexpected Benefits of Sleep Coaching

on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 04:02

When parents first seek my help it is because they have not slept well in ages. However, after collaborating with me on a sleep plan for their child, they see additional benefits beyond their child sleeping through the night. That is because sleep coaching is not just a quick fix. It is a change in parental response and interaction that leads to better outcomes for the entire family. This new response and interaction that parents learn can be generalized to many areas of the child’s life.

How Parents Can Manage Sleep and Stress

on Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:20

The connection between stress and sleep can become a never-ending cycle. Does this sound like a familiar situation for you or your partner? “I did not get much sleep last night. I wish I could sleep-in or take a nap during the day, but my to-do list is overflowing. I have to finish that report for work, I have so many things to do for the kids and my house is a mess! I am so stressed. I don’t know how I will get everything done!” In the spirit of Stress Awareness Month, we are examining the connection between sleep and stress for parents and how you can improve both.

Co-Sleeping with Your Child: Risk or Benefit?

on Mon, 03/24/2014 - 05:00

As a parent, having a new baby is an exciting time. However, with conflicting information on best practices, often times it can be hard to determine what is best for child. Find out the risks and benefits and tips to end co-sleeping in this article. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports parents who share a bed with an infant can impose an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). On the opposite end, Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician famous for starting the parenting style “Attachment Parenting,” completely supports the bed-sharing concept and states on his website it

Turning "Dread Time" Into a Peaceful Bedtime

on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 05:00

Do you feel anxiety over the impending nightly grind of bedtime? It seems for some children they were born soldiers ready to fight the battle of resisting going to bed. Many parents feel frustrated and hopeless, and start believing they will be subjected to these nightly battles for years to come. It doesn’t have to be this way. Children will change their behavior once parents provide structure and appropriate limits. It will take some time, but with persistence you can end this war and maintain peace when putting your child to bed. Here are five tips:

1. Put your child to bed at the

Six Factors That Derail Children's Sleep

on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 01:42

You may have spent days, weeks, or even months getting your child to finally fall asleep and stay asleep without a big hassle, only to find that those dreaded sleep deprived moments have returned. Or, perhaps your child has never slept through the night, and just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse, you are faced with increased sleep disruption. What is a parent to do? First of all try not to panic. Your child can return to better sleep skills. It will take some consistency and re-establishing of routines, but it can be done.