Doctors Urge More Playtime for Children

By LINDSEY TANNER The Associated Press Monday, October 9, 2006; 1:13 AM CHICAGO — Here’s some soothing medicine for stressed-out parents and overscheduled kids: The American Academy of Pediatrics says what children really need for healthy development is more good, old-fashioned playtime. Many parents load their children’s schedules with get-smart videos, enrichment activities and lots […]

Posted Under: Parenting News  |  July 26th, 2011  |  6 Comments

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Why A Good Night Sleep Is Critical To Your Child’s Well Being

More and more information is coming out on the importance of sleep for both adults and children. I have written an article that consolodates much of the recent research on sleep for children which can be found under Sleep Information/Articles. The following article also provides information on the importance of sleep: “6 Reasons Why Your […]

Posted Under: Infants, Parenting News, Preschoolers, Toddlers  |  July 19th, 2011  |  1 Comment

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Too Little Sleep Can Lead to Obesity In Children

If you are reading this blog then you most likely have a good idea that sleep is important to our children’s overall health. All my clients have learned that sleep affects a child’s behavior, emotional development, learning ability and physical health. More and more research is being done on pediatric sleep. The following article discusses […]

Posted Under: Infants, Parenting News, Toddlers  |  July 12th, 2011  |  3 Comments

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A Mother’s Lack of Sleep Affects the Entire Family

The vast majority of my clients are exhausted moms. They feel they have lost control on aspects of their lives and feel desperate. After implimentation of a Child-Works sleep plan where their children are finally sleeping, these moms are quick to comment on how they are finally getting sleep again themselves and how wonderful that […]

Posted Under: Parenting News  |  July 6th, 2011  |  No Comments

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How Sleep Affects Mood

A recent client shared how different her child’s mood was after only one week of implementing a healthier sleep schedule. Once her two year old daughter had a nighttime routine that provided an earlier bedtime for her, she slept in later in the morning. The mother was telling me what a great mood her daughter […]

Posted Under: Parenting News  |  June 28th, 2011  |  1 Comment

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Potty Training

A client who looked to us for help with her sons sleep recently came back to discuss potty training. Like many of us, she received lots of well intentioned advice and in the end felt discouraged and unhappy with how she handled it all. Her two year old son showed a clear interest in leaving […]

Posted Under: Toddlers  |  June 14th, 2011  |  1 Comment

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Keeping Older Kids in Bed

A preschool mom shared with me a great story that further underscores that many bedtime battles with older children are behavioral choices. Her son, age five, would come into her room at night saying he was scared. After some time she was confident he was not having bad dreams, but was coming to her as […]

Posted Under: Preschoolers  |  June 7th, 2011  |  1 Comment

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Pacifier Use and SIDS

Not too long ago the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a recommendation for parents to use a pacifier during naps and night sleep until the child is one as a preventative to SIDS. There was an uproar among lactation professionals as to the effects of pacifier use on breastfeeding. AAP did clarify that breastfed babies […]

Posted Under: Infants, Parenting News  |  May 23rd, 2011  |  2 Comments

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Ferber’s Revisions

Recently a parent of a 7-month-old son surprised me with her interpretation of all the recent news on Dr. Richard Ferber and his new book due out this spring. A few months ago she and her husband successfully taught their son to go to sleep on his own (she previously had to nurse him to […]

Posted Under: Infants, Parenting News  |  May 19th, 2011  |  4 Comments

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Helping Parents Sleep

I have enjoyed enormous success in helping many little ones sleep better at night, but some of their parents are wanting help as well. This is not my specialty as adult sleep issues can be a result of a variety of sources from poor sleep habits to stress to medical conditions. The following is a […]

Posted Under: Parenting News  |  April 24th, 2008  |  2 Comments