Katie’s Sleep Philosophy

Sleep is SO important for your child’s well being.  And guess What?!  Sleep is very important for your well being too! You shouldn’t feel guilty about needing sleep.  It is a basic life necessity right there with food & water.  Also, so many things suffer when sleep is an issue in your home, Examples: your marriage/partnership, your physical and mental health, your relationships, the quality of time spent with your children, and the list could go on. Thankfully it doesn’t have to.

 

I feel strongly that healthy sleep habits make for healthy children. A well-rested child is curious, energetic, happy, playful, and eager to learn. Who doesn’t want that for their child?  That’s why my most important goal is improving your child’s sleep.

 

When parents entrust me as their child’s “sleep coach,” either through one-on-one consultations or seminars, they are placing a great deal of trust in me, and I want to let you know that I don’t take this responsibility lightly.

 

There are tons of books out there with so many conflicting ideas on the do’s and don’ts for children’s sleep.  You have probably read some of these books; you may have even tried a few approaches with no success.  Or, maybe you read a few books just to find out the advice they are offering is not a good fit for your family. That’s why I’ve placed so much emphasis on including your knowledge of your child and your specific sleep goals when creating a plan for your child.

 

My approach to improving your child’s sleep is pretty simple:

  1. I’ll give you honest information about the IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP for your child’s well being. (This will give you all the motivation you need to make changes to your child’s sleep habits.)

  2. I’ll create an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan that includes your input because all children are different, you know your child best! 

  3. I’ll be supporting you along the way to success. (No, you shouldn’t expect your child to sleep 12 uninterrupted hours on the first night — although it does happen! I’ll tell you what you should expect along the way…)

 

A little note about the “crying” question: Since people always ask me about whether my sleep plans involve “crying it out,” I think it’s something that deserves to be addressed here.

Crying is your child’s way of protesting change, and you can expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in some protest. That’s why I’m always sure to tell parents that my program will most likely involve at least some amount of protest on the child’s part.

Please understand that I will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone, nor will I ask you to ignore their cries. The reason my sleep plans are so effective is because we are able to develop a plan that you feel comfortable with, based on what you know about your child.

If you have any questions at all about my sleep philosophy, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I can be reached by email at info@KatieKSleepConsulting.com or by telephone at 904- 595-7333.