Quick Tip: Bedtime

I like to think of strong bedtime routines as being like a Music Box: they start out brisk and engaging, and then they start getting slower, and slower...and slower...until that little ballerina comes to her inevitable halt.  Children are experts at giving extra turns to the music box key!  Younger toddlers might run away, hide behind the couch, get silly or upset; older … [Read more...]

Dropping Naps

Dear Miss Faith, Recently, It's been a struggle to get my 2.5yo to nap during her usual time. She sometimes won't nap... but she does go to bed a lot earlier if she doesn't nap.  I guess my biggest question is -  Is it right for a 2.5 year old not to nap anymore.  Seems awfully early to me! Dear Mama, Your instincts are right-on. It is a fact that American children are … [Read more...]

Afternoon Schedule for Preschoolers

Dear Miss Faith, My 4yo twins have recently started preschool and they come home very tired each day.  Do you have some suggestions for a peaceful afternoon routine that would help us reconnect and give them some down time?  I have a 7-month-old as well so I can’t be with them every moment.  I’m trying to avoid TV and electronics. Dear Mama, School is generally so exciting … [Read more...]

Night Wakings & Falling Back to Sleep

Dear Miss Faith, My 2.5yo daughter has never been a great sleeper, but lately she’s started waking up multiple times per night.  We’ve been day-weaned for awhile, but she still wants her “mommy pacifier” at night and I usually give in, cause I’m so tired.  But I’m feeling resentful and something needs to change.  We’re both exhausted! Dear Mama,           Big hugs to you!  … [Read more...]

Moving to a Big Kid Bed

Dear Miss Faith, Our daughter recently learned how to climb out of her crib, so we've made the switch to a big-kid bed, and now everybody's miserable. We used to put her into her bed, give her a kiss and shut the door. She'd chatter for about ten minutes, then fall asleep. Now, she's climbing out of bed and crying at the door. I'll put her back to bed a dozen times, but … [Read more...]

Silence

How often does today's child experience silence? How often do they have nobody talking to them, no tv or radio on in the background, no cd's or computers, no honking horns or blaring sirens? How often do they have none of these, all at the same time? Today's child is surrounded by a world that is go-go-go, and is filled with chatter. We adults are used to it, and can … [Read more...]

Help Getting to Sleep

Hello, My question is about my 20 month old and sleep. My daughter usually takes several hours to get to sleep no matter what. I really feel she doesn't get enough sleep, and she is often exhausted but cannot seem to stop wiggling. She has always had a great deal of trouble sleeping, she is very active, smart, and has been overly alert since birth. She is quite sensitive to … [Read more...]

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