It may surprise you to learn that children who don't play enough are more likely to do worse in school. Focusing too much on homework without adequate rest can actually lead to lower grades.
Any parent raising a toddler knows how tricky it can be to balance discipline. When you least expect it, your child is likely to throw a tantrum, while you feel helpless.
As a proponent of positive parenting, you are well aware that punishment simply does not work.
By Dr David R Lee.
Clinical Director at Sleep Unlimited Ltd.
How we think and feel not only affects our waking lives, but also has a significant impact on our sleep, especially our ability to fall and stay asleep. There Is an established link between mental health conditions and poor sleep. In fact, one would be hard pressed to find anyone living with an enduring mental health condition who does not also have a coexisting sleep problem.
It’s 2:00 AM, you’re sleeping peacefully in your bed, and you suddenly wake up, not entirely
sure why, but as you start to gain awareness of your surroundings, you become aware, to your
horror, that there’s someone in the room with you! You hear the sound of their voice, and they
whisper those four words that chill every parent to the bone.
“Mum, I can’t sleep.”
If you think your teen isn't getting enough sleep, you're probably right. A recent study at San Diego State University found that 40% of adolescents clock less than 7 hours a night, even though most experts recommend about 9* hours of sleep for teens.
If you’re in the same boat as most parents in the world, you’ve had to accommodate the fact that your kids were suddenly and unexpectedly given an extra four months of summer vacation. And to top it all off, they’re unable to leave the house.
You might find it incredible that your child could be bored, considering the amount of activities and electronic devices that they have available. On the other hand, it may be that abundance itself that is causing their discontent.
Sleepovers give grandparents and grandchildren a chance to spend more time together and deepen their relationships. Extended visits also teach children about becoming independent while their parents enjoy a date night or just a little extra sleep.
During my 5 years as a sleep professional, I’ve gotten used to people asking me what the “secret” is to getting a baby to sleep through the night.
I know this isn’t a sleep-related post, but I get so many parents asking me about this topic, I thought it might be nice to take a little break from writing about sleep and address another parental hot-button issue