After 13 years as a sleep training expert, I've come across my fair share of people who feel that allowing their child to cry, for any length of time, is either cruel, harmful to their health, irresponsible, or unnecessary.
I know that no functioning parent enjoys hearing their baby cry, but I think it's time we spoke seriously and honestly about what a crying baby is actually trying to communicate, and why we're making far too big a deal out of a few tears these days.
This week, I'm chatting with sociologist and PhD Dina Rose; author of It's Not About the Broccoli - Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating and if you've got a picky eater in the house, or just want to encourage your kids to have a healthy relationship with food, you've got to check it out.
Viewing the behaviors surrounding kids and food from a sociological point, Dina has some simple, logical, and very effective suggestions on how to use proportion, variety, and moderation in ways that will teach your kids to eat well, and most importantly, to enjoy eating well.
North Americans have developed a strange attitude towards sleep over the years, adopting slogans like, "Sleep is for the weak!" and "I'll sleep when I'm dead!" which are somehow supposed to demonstrate ambition and determination, and not a blatant disregard for their health.
The truth is, sleep is not some luxury that we can indulge in only when we've got the time. This pessimistic view towards an essential element of our health regimen is leaving a lot of people running on a perpetually empty tank, ready to drop as soon as their caffeine supply is interrupted.
So how much sleep do we really need, and how can we make it a priority while still maintaining our hectic schedules? That's what I'm talking about today, and I've got some very practical, effective answers for you!
This week, I'm chatting with Dawn Dais, author of The Shit No One Tells You series of parenting books. Dawn is hilariously unflinching in her description of parenting life, and manages to find humor in all of the crazy aspects that we all go through, and none of us ever talk about.
You can find Dawn's first book, The Shit No One Tells You:A Guide to Surviving Your Baby's First Year and her new one, The Shit No One Tells You About Baby #2: A Guide To Surviving Your Growing Family in paperback, or on Kindle and Audible, You can also find the awesome coupon books she talks about in the show here.
Thanks, and enjoy the show!