One of my favorite things to do with my two girls was reading them their bedtime stories. It was a way for us to connect, snuggle, and explore new stories together! Of course, sometimes we needed to repeat a favorite story for a few days (or weeks) until the girls were ready to move on to a new one.
Recently, this article reminded me of these memories and confirmed that reading to our children – especially at bedtime – is one of the very best ways to encourage verbal and cognitive development. Read more
”Our two-and-a-half-year old has always been a great sleeper until two weeks ago. He’s been in his bed for nearly two months with no problems at all. But now he’s waking in the early hours usually around 2:00 a.m. He is not settling back to sleep unless he’s in our bed or one of us is in his bed, which is not comfortable at all as it’s a junior kid’s bed.
“More recently he started not wanting to go into his bed at all. After his bedtime story he starts screaming- he’s very insecure at night. Tonight I managed to get him to stay in his bed by sitting near his bed for an hour until he was asleep. Right now, it’s just after 4:00 a.m. and Daddy is now in his bed. He’s been up for nearly two hours. It wasn’t even like this when he was a newborn. Help!
-Karen” Read more
By Kim West LCSW-C, The Sleep Lady ®
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When you are expecting an addition to your family you prepare to sleep less, shower less, and generally have less “alone” time. You know the upcoming days with a newborn in the house will be treasured but very, very full.
You also are likely to tell big brother (or big sister) what they can expect when they welcome a new baby home.
As a seasoned parent you expect that there will be some adjustment period for everyone in the family. Read more
Being a parent of twins is a job requiring full-on commitment with many challenges. It is a role both fabulous and flabbergasting, with days filled with so many moments of wonder and excitement…but also exhaustion. Perhaps you have figured out a feeding and sleeping schedule, or perhaps you are still working on crafting what works for you and your babies. Read more