It's not uncommon to hear a parent refer to their kids as their top priority, or the center of their universe, and for good reason. For most parents, their kids are the single most important thing in their lives.
But there's a slight variance on those expressions that I hear a lot, and it gets under my skin a little bit.
"My kids are my whole world."
I know it might seem like nitpicking, but there's a reason why that particular turn of phrase bugs me, and I'll tell you all about it on today's episode.
As long as I've been a sleep consultant, and as much as I've seen the Sleep Sense brand grow, I've never lost my love for one-on-one consultations with people regarding their babies' sleep.
Having dealt with a terrible sleeper myself so many years ago, I know the struggle parents go through, and the amazing sense of relief and happiness that comes when the situation gets resolved.
With that in mind, a couple of weeks ago, I asked listeners to send me their questions about their little ones' sleep issues, and told them I'd respond on the air.
The response, I'd just like to say, was amazing. So a big thank you to everyone who took the time to record their questions.
This week, I'm answering those questions. (Or as many as I could fit into the time we had.) So have a listen and check out the solutions to some of the most common problems that you might be facing as the parent of a sleep-resistant baby! :)
There's no avoiding it. Your toddler is going to pitch a fit or two. However, tantrums are not usually due to anything serious, and are often just the result of frustration, overtiredness, or some good old fashioned boundary testing.
Which is why, with a little foresight and clever distraction, a lot of them can be avoided before they get out of hand.
On today's episode, I've got some specific, practical, easy-to-follow tips that can help you catch a toddler tantrum in its tracks, and give your little one something to occupy their thoughts and actions before they go into meltdown mode.
When it comes to getting kids to sleep through the night, nothing compares to a well-crafted bedtime routine. Many parents don't realize the importance of a predictable, relaxing regimen before putting their babies into their crib, or their toddlers into bed.
The reasons for this aren't just psychological. Our bodies go through a fascinating physical process when we start sending signals that we're getting ready for bed.
Although it might seem like an intuitive process, I've seen all kinds of kids improve their sleep habits by leaps and bounds after identifying the problems in their routine. I'll tell you what to stick to and what to avoid on this week's episode.