Daylight Savings in Europe 2018

Being international is incredible!  It reminds you how small the world truly is. Europe will experience the start of Daylight Savings on Sunday, March 25th at 1:00am where you will turn the clocks forward by one hour.  No matter when you experience daylight savings, if you’re a parent, you know its something to prepare for.  The beauty of springing ahead is it’s the “easier” of the two time adjustments for children.  Here are a few tips to make this adjustment go smoothly: Nap Time: Instead of immediately making the switch to new naptimes, split the difference. Adjust naps by 30 … Read More

How dark is dark?

Darkness is one of the most common conversations I have with inquiring families and in my workshops.   There are a lot of misconceptions around how dark it should to be for sleep.  It’s believed that some think too dark during the day will continue the day and night confusion, causing worse sleep.  I can reassure you, if your child is older than 6 weeks of age, this is no longer a concern.  When your child isn’t sleeping well during the day and/or night, it isn’t because it’s too dark – instead they likely their room is too light and … Read More

World Sleep Day 2018

  March 16, 2018 www.worldsleepday.org What a wonderful day; World Sleep Day!  According to www.worldsleepday.org, “World Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. It is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.”   This years slogan, “Preserve your rhythms to enjoy life” is aiming to raise awareness of the importance of circadian rhythms … Read More

Sleep, Parenting & The Holidays

The parenting journey seems very unique in this day of age. There’s been no other time in life where information is readily available at your fingertips. What a blessing and a curse. Along with our own journey navigating our gut feelings with social media, internet researches, and more – you always have family and friends sharing meaningful advice. The “put Jonny to bed earlier.” “She doesn’t look tired.” “But I never get to see Susie.” There can be days where advice seems piled high and your drowning through all the recommendations, requests and guilt. Then you add holidays on top … Read More

Bedtime & Books; The perfect ending to a great day

Recently I was asked about my thoughts regarding reading to a child before bedtime. The concern was that reading would stimulate the mind too much and lead to poor or delayed sleep. The concern came about through an article on the internet. This isn’t that surprising considering all the contradicting information out there; about sleep training, breastfeeding, immunizations, how to feed your child and the list goes on and on.  You name it, you can find arguments for any side.  It’s confusing. It’s exhausting. I’m here to share my philosophy about reading at bedtime: read, READ, ReAd!  Bedtime and books … Read More

Appropriate Bedtime, Ages 5-6 Years

It’s August and your child is back in school.  The BEST way to prepare our children for learning and success in and out of the classroom is to ensure they are receiving enough sleep each night.  Dr. Marc Weissbluth, well-renowned pediatrician and author of Health Sleep Habits, Happy Child states “children’s sleep habits directly impact behavior and school performance.”  Diving further to explain (something all we exhausted parents know as a fact!) “sleep is a powerful modifier of mood, behavior, performance and personality.  It impacts every area of our lives.” How do you know if your child is receiving enough sleep … Read More