Transitioning to No Naps

Naps dictate much of the first three to four years of our children’s lives.  Good nap days, off nap days, short naps, long naps, no naps, wishing to nap – the word “nap” is likely in our daily vocabulary for many years.  Depending on the day, we know those naps affect – positively and negatively – everything! In my previous blog series, The Need for Naps; A 3 Blog Series on Daytime sleep I discuss why naps are important, short nappers vs long nappers and the 2-1 nap transition.  Continuing to stand by all that is stated, I want to … Read More

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

Four Tips to Surviving Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings is days away, but no big issue, right?! You’ve been focusing on establishing or maintaining excellent sleep up to this point to ensure this transition is easy and smooth. If not…no worries, there is still time (click here for help). To continue on this journey of easy sleep through the daylight savings time change, follow my tips below: 1.  Tune In With Your Attitude and Feelings Did you know that parents or guardian’s feelings and emotions about sleep can highly dictate how well (or poorly) a child sleeps? Your child is super intuitive, so if you’re feeling stressed … 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

Calming Period

For many, the days are packed with work, classes, activities, outdoor time, meetings, sports and so much more. Running from activity to activity can leave one with high-energy by the end of the day. Returning home, it can be hard to switch gears and quickly prepare for bed; instead you need a calming period. This is true for children and adults alike. A calming period is not a bedtime routine; it is what you do before a bedtime routine. This thirty to sixty minute period prior to a bedtime routine is to help the body switch gears from go-go-go to … Read More

Potty Training

I’m not sure there is anything in parenting that I dreaded more than potty training.   All other aspects of parenting, no problem, but the whole learning to pee and poop thing I was avoiding.   Of course it didn’t begin this way.  Three years ago when we embarked on this developmental milestone with our daughter I was swept up in the “3 Day Phenomenon”.  I thought, how amazing is this – naked for a few days and boom, your child pees and poops in the toilet.  Reading a bit online, I felt we could tackle potty training in three days … Read More