Are you dreaming of sleep?
Sleep deprivation is a powerful thing. Neglecting your own sleep needs can have damaging effects from a strain on the relationships to poor work performance at your job. The most serious consequence of sleep deprivation is that it can lead to dangerous feelings of disappointment, resentment, or even anger. Sleep is undeniably important not only for your child but for you and the whole family. Sleep recharges the brain's battery, increases brainpower and keeps the mind alert and calm.
But there is good news... there is an easy solution!
As a Certified Sleep Sense Consultant my passion is teaching adults & children the strategies to learn to sleep. My unique system lets me work together with you to find the best method.
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“Sleep is the power source that keeps your mind alert and calm. Every night and at every nap, sleep recharges the brain’s battery.
Sleeping well increases brainpower just as weight lifting builds stronger muscles, because sleeping well increases your attention span and allows you to be physically relaxed and mentally alert at the same time. Then you are at your personal best.”
- Dr. Marc Weissbluth,
autory of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
The Sleep Sense Philosophy
The Sleep Sense™ Method was created out of a strong belief that healthy sleep habits make for healthy children. A well-rested child is curious, energetic, happy, playful, and eager to learn. When parents entrust me as their child’s “sleep guide,” either through one-on-one consultations or seminars, they are placing a great deal of trust in me, and I want to let you know that I take this responsibility very seriously.
While most books and programs dealing with child sleep issues take philosophical stands (based largely around the issue of “crying it out”), I believe that your child’s sleep is more important than my personal views on this subject. That’s why the Sleep Sense™ Method places so much emphasis on accommodating different parenting styles. The bottom line is that you, as a parent, need to be comfortable with your new sleep plan in order for it to work for your child!
My approach to improving your child’s sleep is pretty simple:
1. I’ll give you honest information about WHY sleep is so important for your child’s well-being. (This will give you all the motivation you need to make changes to your child’s sleep habits.)
2. I’ll lay out an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan that lets you make some choices about what is the right approach for your child. ( nobody knows your child better than you do. I encourage you to use your knowledge of your child to customize his or her sleep plan.)
3. I’ll show you how to measure success. (No, you shouldn’t expect your child to sleep 12 uninterrupted hours on the first night — although it does happen! I’ll tell you what you should expect along the way.
Let's take a minute to talk about crying...
Do I have to make my child “cry it out?”
A little note about the “crying” question: Since people always ask me about whether my solutions involve “crying it out,” I think it’s something that deserves to be addressed here.
Crying is your child’s way of protesting change, and you can expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in some protest. That’s why I’m always sure to tell parents that my program will most likely involve at least some amount of protest on the child’s part.
Please understand that I will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone, nor will I ask you to ignore their cries. The reason that the Sleep Sense™ Method is so effective is that it lets you develop a plan that you feel comfortable with, based on what you know about your child.