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Is The Family Bed An Option For You?

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Your child starts out the night in his own bed, but usually gets up while you are still doing things on the household chore list. Instead of finishing the chores, you go to his room and lay with him until he falls asleep. You are up later to get everything done. After you are asleep, your child comes into your bedroom sometime during the night. You are tired, so you just let him climb into the family bed. However, not everyone sleeps well when this happens.  You or your spouse toss and turn or feel cramped. Plus, you hear horror stories and expert warnings about the dangers of the family bed. One... (Read More ...)

Age Regression During Child Development Stages: How Do I Deal with My Child Regressing and “Acting Like a Baby

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Jessica’s four-year-old just doesn’t seem to want to grow up. At daycare, he will go into the infant area and ask for a bottle. The other children mostly stare at him as if he is weird. At home, he tries to get Jessica to rock him to sleep at night and is practically glued to her side. Jessica only works part time and makes it a point to spend one-on-one quality time with him, but he doesn’t want to try anything new. Have your children ever seemed to have an age regression or “act like a baby” when they are “too old”? Teaching your children new skills at different child development... (Read More ...)

Dealing with Toddler’s Separation Anxiety: How Do I Get My Toddlers to Stop Their Pacifier Use

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Rhonda took her son in to the dentist for his annual exam and afterward the dentist brought her into the room to show her that her son was developing an overbite and asked Rhonda if her son was still using a pacifier. Rhonda replied, “Well, yes, but not all the time.” The dentist then suggested that her son should stop using his pacifier to prevent the overbite from getting worse. Rhonda knew her son, Adam, was getting “too big” to use a pacifier, but she was avoiding the huge blow up that occurred every time she tried to take the pacifier away. She wondered how she could get Adam to give... (Read More ...)

How Do I Get My Picky Eaters to Try New Foods?

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  After an exhausting and repetitive week, Erin finally makes it home late Friday night. Wanting a change, she decides to fix something new for dinner. Erin cooks cauliflower and carrots and adds them to her four-year-old daughter’s plate, next to the macaroni and cheese and hamburger. Instantly, her daughter turns up her nose to the new and foreign vegetable on her plate. Erin begs her daughter and offers bribes with candy to get her to eat the cauliflower and carrots. Her daughter still refuses and Erin throws a way the untouched vegetables.  Do you ask yourself, “How do I get my... (Read More ...)

How Do I Get Through The Toughest Of Child Development Stages, The Terrible Twos? How Do I Stop My Child From Biting?

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After staying two hours late at work, Leah is frantically trying to make it to her daughter’s daycare. With the continuous growling of her stomach as a constant reminder she thinks about what she can make or pick up for dinner before her eight year old son’s soccer practice. She finally makes it to her daughter’s daycare, racing through the door and apologizing for her tardiness. She rushes to her daughter’s room eagerly awaiting her hug. Stopped by her daughter’s teacher at the door, Leah begins to hear the bad news.  Her daughter has bitten another child and this is the third... (Read More ...)

How Can I Help My Child Through Bedtime Tantrums Caused By Fear?

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For months bedtime went smoothly.  You follow the daily bedtime routine; tuck your children in, give a kiss, leave and they drift off to sleep.  Recently, one of your children has become scared and is afraid there is a monster under the bed.  You reassure your child that there is no monster, but he insists.  Despite all your promises, “magic sprays” and pep talks, the fears escalate into bedtime tantrums or your child ends up coming out of the room screaming and in tears.  You are stumped and exhausted from the drama. There are many different types of bedtime problems parents may experience.... (Read More ...)

What Is The Best Way Of Handling Temper Tantrums At Bedtime That Are Caused By Toddler Separation Anxiety?

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You have tucked your child into bed. The moment you walk out the door, your child begins crying and screaming for you, saying “Don’t leave me!” You go back in the room, pat your child’s back and sing a soothing song. Once your child has calmed down, you start to leave the room again. As soon as you head for the door, your child gets upset again. She doesn’t seem to be faking it either. She really seems genuinely upset, almost grieving, like she’s losing you and will never see you again! As long as you are there by her side, she is calm, well-behaved and snuggles up to you to fall asleep.... (Read More ...)

What Is The Best Way To Handle Bedtime Tantrums Caused By Over-Stimulation?

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Each night you plan to follow a bedtime routine, but are so busy, you often get started later than you intended. You spend special time with your child, including a fun activity so your child ends the day happy. Then, when it comes time to actually complete the bedtime tasks, your child falls apart and you find yourself handling bedtime tantrums. When a child “falls apart” during the bedtime routine, it is most likely due to over-stimulation.  Over-stimulation tantrums usually occur when young children are hungry, tired, or overwhelmed. They don’t know how to handle these physical changes... (Read More ...)

What Do You Do When Children Wake In The Middle of the Night and Want to Sleep In The Family Bed?

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  It is the middle of the night. You are suddenly woken up. Your child is poking you saying, “Can I sleep with you?” You are too tired to get up so you let your child squeeze into your bed. You toss and turn the rest of the night because you have a foot in your side and hand in your face. Getting children to stay in bed all night is a common bedtime problem, especially when children are insecure or lonely.  If this is the case for your child, you may be considering having a family bed.  Read the article “Is The Family Bed An Option For You?” to help you make a decision. Once you... (Read More ...)

Not Sleeping Comfortably In The Family Bed?

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 Your child was insecure at night. You started the habit of letting your child sleep in the family bed. Lately, you have been waking up in the middle of the night. Image: David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net You are unable to get back to sleep because you feel like you are hanging on the edge of the bed. Finally, you decide to get out of bed and go sleep on the couch. Now that your child has gotten bigger, you want to stop this habit. Are you finding that as your child gets older there doesn’t seem to be enough room in the family bed for everyone to sleep comfortably?  Do you... (Read More ...)