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Sleep is an important issue for all parents. Parenting expert Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, author of Sleepless in America, talks about how much sleep children need, the signs of sleep deprivation and how to establish a bedtime routine that works for both the parents and child.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • How much sleep do children need at different ages?
  • How many naps do children need at different ages?
  • What are the signs of a child who is sleep deprived?
  • How does adoption disrupt a child’s sleep cycle?
  • Does soothing a child who is having trouble sleeping establish a bad habit and reinforce poor behaviors?
  • Does active sleeping (tossing and turning all night long) affect the quality of sleep?
  • How can parents deal with multiple kids each with different bedtime routines?
  • What time should children wake up in the morning?
  • What are things done unintentionally throughout the day that can impact a child’s sleep?
  • What should parents do with a child who will not stay in bed and keeps popping up for one last drink or hug or trip to the bathroom?
  • How should parents decide on what a bedtime should be?
  • Do all children of a certain age need the same amount of sleep?
  • What can parents do with a child who has lots of energy at night and is difficult to put to sleep?
  • How do you train children to sleep by themselves?
  • How can parents change an established bedtime routine?
  • What is the family bed and how does it affect children and parents?
  • Is it harmful for a child to have a later bedtime as long as they get the necessary amount of sleep?
  • Is it harmful to use rewards or bribes to get children to sleep?
  • Are there any alternatives to medicating an older child?
  • How do you deal with a child who is afraid to sleep alone?
  • What types of screen time should parents be on the lookout for?
  • When do parents relinquish control of bedtime?
  • How can you prevent a child from giving up her second nap and how do you transition from two naps a day to just one?

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