Deserving Love

2020-08-19T17:14:00-04:00August 27th, 2015|

I had a choice in a moment: To focus on the "misbehaviour" or focus instead on making sure my daughter understood one critical thing. I chose that critical thing - knowing that she is always loved by us.

Guest Post: Finding What Works for Sleep

2020-08-19T17:14:44-04:00August 13th, 2015|

"He would wake after two hours of being in the crib, though he had been sleeping longer stretches while in our bed. I attributed it to him realizing it was a different sleeping environment. Once he would cry, I would put him back in our bed for the rest of the night. I tried it again the next night and the same thing happened. So, we gave up the crib for a while."

Distress, Self-Soothing, and Extinction Sleep Training

2020-08-20T15:37:29-04:00January 1st, 2015|

The premise behind extinction sleep training is that infants (and toddlers) are being taught to "self-soothe"; however, this ignores key points of what self-soothing abilities can be expected from children and how distressed they are at the time of separation. Instead of focusing on these extinction methods, gentler methods that respect where the child is developmentally should be considered.

Stress-Release Crying

2020-08-20T15:44:46-04:00August 18th, 2014|

The topic of stress-release crying is a tricky one because people's understanding of it is lacking. The fact remains that even infants who experience this type of crying need to be responded to and supported during this time.