Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I need sleep NOW! Here's how...

It’s because of your precious little ones that I love doing what I do!  It is an absolute joy to transform a family from sleepless nights to sleep-filled nights of sweet dreams, where parenting becomes more joyful again.  

Because it's my passion to help ensure your little ones get the sleep they need to grow, develop and be the best they can be, I’ve created a dynamic Gentle Sleep Success On-line Workshop to help support tired families.  

Together, we’ll partner to create the best possible sleep plan for your family.  I’ll teach you step-by-step strategies for positive-parenting solutions.  You’ll be able to add these to your “parenting toolbox” and use these strategies during your entire parenting journey.  You’ll be able to parent from a place of love….and not from a place of fear or frustration.  So not only will we bring “sleep-filled nights” into your home, but you’ll be able to become the parent you truly desire to be.

This workshop is limited to 10 tired families!  It includes:

Part 1:         Getting Started and Preparing for your Consultation

Part 2:         Consultation Workshop: 1-hour live webinar

Part 3:         Creating Your Personalized Sleep Plan (with coaching video modules) 

Part 4:         Three 20-minute phone call follow-ups to review your sleep logs, answer questions about your personal sleep plan, and help support you while you’re implementing your sleep plan.

Part 5:         Consultation Wrap-Up and Question and Answer Session: 1-hour live webinar

Part 6:         Loving Lessons Sleeping and Parenting Community Facebook Private Group (for continued support and advice)

***If you are not able to attend the live webinars,
you’ll have access to the live recordings to watch at your convenience.  

You are not alone in this sleepless journey!  Join others struggling with similar issues.  Together, these 10 families will feel empowered to learn, implement and keep these good sleep habits in place! 

The investment for this workshop is only $147.  But when you act now and register before September 19th, you can get sleep back into your home for only $75! Use the discount code SL50PEE.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Back to School, Back to Sleep

It’s that time of year again, back to school, back to business, and back to sleep!  During the summer months families tend to take a break from the much needed routines necessary, however back to school encourages us to remember to get back on track for good studies. 

If you don’t have a school aged child yet, then you are in luck, you can lay the ground work for these healthy habits now to eliminate some unnecessary battles later.   If you have a school aged child, it’s never too late to learn, grow, and make positive changes to create peaceful and memorable moments with your child to help them be the best they can be. 

How can you help your child be more successful this school year?

  • Provide your child with the quality and quantity of sleep they need.   Quality sleep looks like getting the full 9-11 hours your school aged child needs.  Your child’s behavior, development and academic well being are riding on the quantity and quality of sleep they need.  You can simply create a happier and more pleasant child by encouraging good sleep habits.  Having too little sleep for children and adults can cause problems like memory loss, depression, anxiety, obesity, and a weakened immune system.  Sleep deprivation in children can mimic behavior symptoms like ADD/ADHD, sensory processing disorders, and autism.

  • Figure out that just right bedtime.  When it comes to bedtime it’s important to work with your child’s circadian rhythm which is their internal clock.  First figure out what time your child naturally wakes up or has to wake up based on their school schedule.   Then use the sleep chart to figure out your child’s quantity of sleep that they need.  That will give you a more accurate window of what time bedtime should be in your home.   

  • Create a calming and relaxing bedtime routine to help your child wrap up their day.  This is a great time to spend some quality time connecting with your child.   Some good sleep hygiene might include picking out the next day’s outfit, pack the back pack, washing face, bathing or taking a shower, brushing teeth, reading books, or praying.   Some parents wonder when is it time to relinquish bedtime duties to their child.  The process and hygiene aspects need training, the opportunity to learn how to do the necessary skill, then as the parent you release your involvement and allow for independence.  

  • Smile and greet your child with a “good morning” to start a fresh new day.    To eliminate the morning battles before school, teach your child how to use an alarm clock if they need to be woken up.  Create a morning routine checklist of what you expect your child to do in order to get ready for their day.  Some items you might include on the chart are wake up, get dressed, wash face, brush teeth, comb hair, make bed, eat breakfast, help make lunch, and put lunch in back pack.

By creating simple routines, you will transition to creating these lifelong rituals your child will have to continue these healthy habits.  Include your child as part of the process to eliminate control issues.  Great nights start with great days! Make this school year the very best for your child!