After our daughter learned to sleep our lives improved immensely, and in ways I never expected. Surprisingly, I felt empowered, and I knew my child did too. At 11 months she was unable to articulate it, but she had an amazing new skill that was all her own. She was good – way better than her father and I – at putting herself to sleep!
I began to see my role in a new light; I could continue to be exhausted and focus on the limitations parenting presented, or I could find resources that helped me to feel knowledgeable, capable, and supported in this difficult and rewarding role. I’m honest with my clients, teaching your tired child healthy sleep habits is not always easy. It’s important to have information and resources that help to validate everyone’s experience and empower both kids and parents on their path.
The following resource links offer ideas and data that I found helpful as a parent, both for sleep and in general.