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Thursday
Oct242013

Once again: Helping kids "fall back" for Daylight Savings Time

Is there a parent out there who actually likes Daylight Savings Time? If so, I haven't met him or her. As much as we might like to, we can't ignore DST. But we can help our kids adjust with minimal drama.

If you want to get a jump on things, here's a repost of a popular past blog on helping kids adjust to "falling back" (this year, the big day is Sunday, November 3).

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In the weeks leading up to DST’s “spring forward” or “fall back” dates, I get lots of reader questions about prepping young children for the change.

Ideally, “fall back” day means you turn the clocks backwards and enjoy an extra hour of luxurious sleep—unless you happen to have young children, that is. Youngsters don’t have any clue (and don’t care a bit) that a clock change occurred.  Children’s bodies are sensitive to even small amounts of lost sleep, so the clock change can throw off their sleep routines for days, even weeks.

When clocks shift back in the fall, parents often complain that kids begin waking too early. It’s understandable; after all, when clocks move back, a child’s body clock says 7 a.m. when the actual clock says 6. That means he wakes up an hour before you’d like (and so do you).

The good news: the autumn “fall back” is a great opportunity to help reset the internal clock of a child who snoozes too late in the a.m. and fights bedtime at night (which is a pain if, like most of us, you have places to go in the morning and would like a bit of time to yourself in the evenings). That’s because on clock-change day and during the days that follow, your child’s body clock will be an hour ahead of the clock’s time (because you turned the clock back…still with me?). When your child’s body thinks it’s 9 a.m., the clock will read 8. If you do absolutely nothing, your child will naturally shift to an earlier wake time and an earlier bedtime.

What if you’re happy with the time your child currently gets up in the morning and conks out at night, and you’d like to keep the routine on track after the change? I can help.

The key to helping your child fall asleep and wake up at his normal time is keeping him up later at night; that is, gradually moving his bedtime one hour later over the course of a few days. Why does this work? For this example, I’ll use a 7 p.m. bedtime and a 7 a.m. wake-up time. After the clock change, you want a child who used to wake at 7 to continue waking at 7, which requires a shift to a bedtime and wake-up time that is one hour later that normal (say, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.). That way, when you wind the clock back, your child’s 7 a.m. bedtime and 7 a.m. wake time are magically preserved. Voila!

Don’t try to shift your child’s bedtime later in one day—do it over three to four days, in 15 to 20-minute chunks. If you only have two days, you can make the change in two 30-minute chunks, but beware overtiredness, especially in young babies and toddlers. Another tip: keep your focus on bedtime without worrying too much about wake-up time. As your child adjusts to a later bedtime, his wake-up time will naturally sort itself out by moving later too. Don’t you love it when that happens?

I’m an award-winning parenting and health journalist, sleep coach, and mom to three wonderful children. My articles about sleep, health, and parenting appear regularly in over 90 national and regional magazines and on television, and my advice has been featured by YAHOO Shine, MSN Health, and TODAY Moms. Can I help you? Subscribe to The Well Rested Family to have sleep news, tips, and tactics delivered to your inbox or feed reader by clicking here.

Need more sleep? My e-book Ready, Set, Sleep: 50 Ways to Help Your Child Sleep So You Can Sleep Too is chock-full of mom-tested solutions to help babies and toddlers start sleeping well, tonight!

My new e-book Sleep Tight, Every Night: Helping Toddlers & Preschoolers Sleep Well Without Tears, Tricks, or Tirades is available now!

Thursday
Oct032013

October news, updates, and an e-book sale!

Spiced cider, pumpkins, and cozy, cooler nights—it must be October. I absolutely love this time of year. One reason: the longer, cooler nights and darker mornings are perfect for sleeping in and snuggling. As the 10 p.m. sunsets and blazing temperatures of summer fade away, kids often have an easier time falling asleep at bedtime, and may sleep a little later in the morning (if you're lucky). My kids are sleeping off their packed summer like it's the week after Mardi Gras—hallelujah!

For parents, fall is a great time to reestablish healthy sleep habits or address a new sleep issue that's cropped up. If your little one needs some gentle help falling back into a healthy sleep routine, you've come to the right place.

For the month of October, I'm taking 20 percent off PDF versions of my e-books Ready, Set, Sleep (for parents of children ages 0-3), and Sleep Tight, Every Night (for parents of children ages 2-6). Just enter code OCTSLEEP at checkout!

And, hey, I have news! I just received my first royalty payment converted from Euro. That's right, I'm an internationally selling author. Fancy.

MORE UPDATES: In case you missed these, here are links to my latest appearance on King 5 Parent 2 Parent (discussing celebrity influence and "The Miley Effect") and my September article on finding your best sleep position, in Women's Health magazine.

I’m an award-winning parenting and health journalist, sleep coach, and mom to three wonderful children. My articles about sleep, health, and parenting appear regularly in over 90 national and regional magazines and on television. Can I help you? Subscribe to The Well Rested Family to have sleep news, tips, and tactics delivered to your inbox or feed reader by clicking here.

Need more sleep? My e-book Ready, Set, Sleep: 50 Ways to Help Your Child Sleep So You Can Sleep Too is chock-full of mom-tested solutions to help babies and toddlers start sleeping well, tonight!

My new e-book Sleep Tight, Every Night: Helping Toddlers & Preschoolers Sleep Well Without Tears, Tricks, or Tirades is available now!

Tuesday
Aug132013

Counting Sheep: Sleep solutions that work!

It may be August, but here in the Pacific Northwest, summer is just hitting its stride. My blog and my regular "Ask Malia" column are mostly on hiatus for the summer while I hang out with the kiddos and snuggle my new little one.

But you can still get some sleep answers in my monthly "Counting Sheep" column for Metroparent magazine. Here's the July column on when to ditch the crib, and when to keep it around. Read it for help with transitioning a toddler from the parental bed to a crib, and deciding when to move a child to a big-kid-bed.

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer! I know I will.

I’m a nationally published sleep expert, health journalist, and mom. My articles about sleep, health, and parenting appear regularly in over 80 national and regional magazines and on television. Can I help you? Subscribe to The Well Rested Family to have sleep news, tips, and tactics delivered to your inbox or feed reader by clicking here.

Need more sleep? My e-book Ready, Set, Sleep: 50 Ways to Help Your Child Sleep So You Can Sleep Too is chock-full of mom-tested solutions to help babies and toddlers start sleeping well, tonight!

My new e-book Sleep Tight, Every Night: Helping Toddlers & Preschoolers Sleep Well Without Tears, Tricks, or Tirades is available now!

 

Friday
May242013

Post and article roundup: Better sleep for grown-ups

Many of my articles and blog posts center on helping kids sleep well—but I often write about better sleep for adults, too. Here are eight blog posts and three of my national print articles to help grown-ups get their recommended daily intake of zzzzs.

How to be more creative without really trying

Baby steps to better sleep for the entire family

Rise and shine: The power of morning sun

Sleeping well when you're pregnant

Five energy boosters that aren't

Quick energy fixes for when sleep is scarce

Six sleep gadgets, from creepy to cool

Mommy's tired: Sleep tips for moms

National print articles:

Sleep Before You’re Dead Women’s Health Magazine January 2013

Better Bedroom, Better Sleep Costco Connection Magazine July 2011

Snacking to Snooze: Eating for Better Sleep in Pregnancy Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine November 2012

I’m a nationally published sleep expert, health journalist, and mom. My articles about sleep, health, and parenting appear regularly in over 80 national and regional magazines and on television. Can I help you? Subscribe to The Well Rested Family to have sleep news, tips, and tactics delivered to your inbox or feed reader by clicking here.

Need more sleep? My e-book Ready, Set, Sleep: 50 Ways to Help Your Child Sleep So You Can Sleep Too is chock-full of mom-tested solutions to help babies and toddlers start sleeping well, tonight!

My new e-book Sleep Tight, Every Night: Helping Toddlers & Preschoolers Sleep Well Without Tears, Tricks, or Tirades is available now!

 

Monday
May202013

Guest blogger Abigail Green: OMG, I'm raising a BOY

While I take some time off to snuggle my own newborn boy, enjoy this guest post from author, blogger freelance journalist, and boy-mom extraordinaire Abigail Green. I think Abby will be able to teach me a thing or two about raising my own little guy.

OMG, I’m Raising a Boy!

Every once in a while, a shocking thought occurs to me: I am raising a boy. A BOY. I have nothing against boys in general. I grew up with one. I was raised by one. I married one. I’ve been friends with a whole bunch of ’em throughout my life.

Maybe it’s because of my familiarity with the male gender that I’m worried about what’s in store for me as my son gets older. There’s just no denying that boys are different. They act differently than girls do, think differently, pee differently…

Listen, I’m not one to perpetuate gender stereotypes. I jump down my husband’s throat whenever he says some baseball player “throws like a girl.” I bought my niece plenty of non-pink clothes. But you can’t argue with hard evidence.

My mom likes to talk about how it was fashionable in the ’70s to give toy trucks to girls and baby dolls to boys. Guess what happened? The boys would shoot at each other with the dolls and the girls would put the trucks to bed. And then there are the physical differences. If there’s an obstacle in their way, most girls will daintily pick their way around it, while boys will barrel right on through it. My mom calls this “the Marine mentality.”

If you haven’t been forwarded that e-mail about raising boys, it’s pretty funny. Yet scary. Because I have no doubt it’s true. My husband, his brother and their friends used to jump off the roof into their swimming pool when their parents weren’t home. Can you say “lawsuit”?! The mere thought makes my hair gray.

Even when they’re grown up, boys are capable of baffling behavior. I’ve compiled a little list to start off the discussion. YES, these are all true, and NO, these are not all veiled references to my husband.

-- One guy told his wife he was “stopping by” a friend’s house after work (5 p.m.) and was annoyed when she called him at 10:30 p.m. to find out where the hell he was. “I told you I was stopping by a friend’s!” he says. Never mind the fact that his wife had been up with both children since 5 a.m. that morning and he hadn’t bothered to call home.

-- A mom came home from work to discover half a onesie hanging on the doorknob. Apparently, when faced with a diaper blowout of magnificent proportions, dad had decided the best course of action was to cut the dirty garment in half rather than pulling the poopy part over the baby’s head. OK, but did he have to hang it on the doorknob?!

-- One guy, with a baby on the way any day now, decides it’s a great time to buy a flat screen TV and spend all his free time – which could be spent, say, doing stuff that’s actually helpful – researching and shopping for the damn thing. Oh, and he also decided it’s the perfect time to scrape and repaint that lead-paint-covered radiator in their bedroom. Who cares if the car seat’s not installed yet and the crib’s still in the box?

-- Another dad fed his 6-month-old butternut squash while the baby was wearing his best white shirt, because dad claimed he couldn’t find any bibs even though there were two – count ’em, TWO – bibs directly beneath the sports section right there on the kitchen table in front of him.

-- Then there was the guy who unplugged the freezer full of breast milk to plug in the Shop-Vac … (OK, OK, this was totally my husband, and it was an accident and he felt horrible and apologized a million times. But STILL.)

Yes, I know we women do plenty of stupid and/or inexplicable things, too. But what do you know, I’m out of space! Too bad.

What differences have you noticed between males and females?

Abigail Green is now a mother of TWO boys, as well as a writer and blogger in Baltimore. She is the author of the e-book Mama Insider: Laughing (And Sometimes Crying) All the Way Through Pregnancy, Birth, and the First 3 Months, available in PDF and Kindle versions. She blogs about parenting, publishing, and her ongoing attempts to find calm amidst the chaos at http://www.AbbyOfftheRecord.com.