Happiness is Good Sleep is dedicated to helping parents teach their children independent sleep skills.
Parents are their children’s first and most important teacher! It is our job as parents to teach our children all the skills necessary to become healthy, happy contributing members of society. That’s a tall task! I believe our first job as parents is to give our children the gift of sleep. We must give them an opportunity to learn independent sleep skills so that they are not dependent on sleep props which may or may not be consistently available.
Sleep is a basic human need, much like nutrition. We would never even consider not feeding our children when they are hungry. It’s equally as important for our children to learn, at an early age, that sleep is something they can get to on their own, it’s something to look forward to, not fight against. A well-rested child, is curious, energetic, happy, playful, and eager to learn. I passionately believe that healthy sleep habits make for happy and healthy children.
While there are many different ways to teach your child independent sleep skills, there are also many different thoughts on the best way to accomplish this task. The Sleep Sense™ Method accommodates different parenting styles. The bottom line is that you, as a parent, need to be comfortable with the sleep training method in order to be effective for you and your child.
Parents are often concerned about the crying it out method and the impact of allowing your child to cry. Crying is your child’s way of protesting a 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 (crying) on the child’s part.
You must remember that crying is your baby’s way of communicating. She/he will cry. There will be crying when they’re hungry, when they’re uncomfortable, in pain, tired or sometimes just to get our attention! Please be aware that there will be some amount of crying involved when sleep training your child. Just remember, your child will wake up well-rested and very happy, and so will YOU!
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 because it can be customized to help all parents to be comfortable with sleep training.
Much like the importance of teaching our children independent sleep skills, as they get older, it’s imperative that we allow them opportunities to learn from their mistakes. As a Love and Logic™ parenting coach, I will give you all the tools you need to consistently set limits and empathetically deliver consequences when those limits and expectations aren’t met. Just as sleep is a learned skill, so are appropriate behaviors. We are the ones who teach our children how to behave, how to treat us and how to treat others. Become a Love and Logic™ parent and put the fun back into parenting!