The First Weeks of School

It’s really hard to believe we are back to new school supplies, a fresh list of lunch box ideas, rearranging sleep schedules and a new school year!  Even with engaging in a relaxed summer, somehow it buzzes by.  August is here; welcome 2018-2019 school year! This year is a little more emotional for me as my eldest has officially started her school journey; the 5 days-a-week seemingly for the rest of her life school journey.  Okay, yes, a little dramatic – but the emotions are real.  🙂  Being a past teacher, I fully respect and support school in all aspects … Read More

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

Breeze into Daylight Savings

I love the fall! Cool, crisp mornings, changing colors, a consistent routine with school and work – there’s just something in the air that is different. You tend to slow down a bit and enjoy. Life is peaceful. With this season change and transition into the winter months, we experience Daylight Savings.  I’ll be honest, like many parents, daylight savings is something I typically despise. The transition of losing an hour of sleep and adjusting your circadian rhythms is exhausting and disruptive. Yet this year, this year I’m actually looking forward to it. I know! Call me crazy, but I’m … Read More

Short Nappers vs Long Nappers; A 3-Blog Series on Daytime Sleep

All children are different, so it’s not a surprise that their nap durations are different.  In my house of two children, I have two very different nappers.  One is a short, specific napper and the other a long, easy-going napper.  Same family, same environments, two very different outcomes. Before we discuss the details of a short and long napper, I must clarify “short” napper.  As I stated in The Need for Naps; A 3-Blog Series on Daytime Sleep, no nap is complete unless it is over 60 minutes in duration.  Biologically, children are meant to nap at least 1 hour … Read More