One step to starting the new school year off right is making sure that our kids are getting the sleep they need to succeed at school. A well-rested child will display better cognitive abilities, a more pleasant mood and temperament, and a stronger immune system so it's important that your child start off their new school year well rested and prepared.
Alanna McGinn is Founder and Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, a global sleep consulting practice. She is Representative and Director for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants (IACSC). She has helped both adults, children, and major corporations worldwide erase their sleep debt and achieve sleep success. <br> <br> She and her husband, live in Burlington, Ontario with their 3 children (1+twins!) and when she’s not on route to the bus stop or tripping over fire trucks and tea sets, she and her global consulting team are working with families to overcome their sleep challenges. You can follow her expert advice in national publications like Today’s Parent Magazine, Yummy Mummy Club, PBS Kids, and Savvymom.ca. Alanna strives in helping families and corporations overcome their sleep challenges and have happy well-rested smiles in the morning. <br> <br> You can find out more about Alanna and Good Night Sleep Site at www.goodnightsleepsite.com and follow her on twitter at @GNSleepSite and on Facebook @GoodNightSleepSite.
It can be hard to find an activity that can calm our minds and remove us from the chaos of our usual day. Colouring allows us to do this and it's also just so darn fun! Family colouring is a perfect addition to our #BringBackBedtime initiative and if colouring is a hobby you want to start but are having a difficult time fitting it into your day I'm here to tell you there is no better time than at bedtime.
03/24/2016 10:27 EDT
The spring time change is approaching, and on March 13th at 2:00 a.m. we will move our clocks forward by one hour. But instead of rejoicing about more daylight and the cue that winter is almost over, parents everywhere will await this moment in horror. Yes, just when you have your baby on a great sleep schedule, daylight saving time (or daylight savings time, as some know it) hits and screws it all up!
03/04/2016 06:26 EST
The No. 1 tip I can give you for sound holiday sleep? Say no. Sometimes it's hard, but you don't have to attend every party, get together or event. Sometimes the best thing for you and your family is to get to bed at a good time.
12/14/2015 04:52 EST
Hang in there moms and dads. The shift in this new schedule normally takes a week or two for our kiddies to adapt to it. While their bodies may not feel tired during this time change our kids may get cranky that first week while their bodies wait to nap and eat. They will get there!
10/22/2015 08:28 EDT
We know that more sleep for our teens means better cognitive ability with increased learning and memory but making this change is not just about the increase in grades. Lack of sleep and teenagers are now gaining more recognition as we are finding that chronic sleep deprivation at this age can have serious ramifications.
04/21/2015 06:13 EDT
Sleep regressions. They're one of the most challenging hurdles to overcome when you're a sleep-deprived new parent and the four-month sleep regression can sink you like the Titanic. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
03/23/2015 06:45 EDT
Overtired children have impaired hand-eye coordination, which can impact your child's fine motor skills. Walking, running, climbing stairs, and riding bikes can suddenly be extremely unsafe. As I mentioned lack of sleep produces a lack of energy where children are prone to choose their electronic toy over healthy indoor or outdoor activities.
03/03/2015 01:26 EST
If you're a parent I'm sure you've asked yourself the following at some point: Does my child need a night light? Will they be able to sleep in the dark? Will the light keep them up?
02/23/2015 05:46 EST
It's possible that during the holiday season your family has accumulated a bit of a sleep debt with late nights and off-kilter sleep routines. I call it your Holiday Sleep Hangover. Chipping away at that sleep debt is a great way make the improvements in your family's self-care.
12/29/2014 11:53 EST
As parents we are often concerned with our children's sleep during the holidays but about what about our own? With all the hustle and bustle of the festivities, protecting our own sleep patterns tends to fall by the wayside. This holiday season, here are a few tips that can help you take care of yourself as well.
12/09/2014 08:21 EST
Each year as the holiday season approaches, parents often ask me the same questions regarding the busy nature of the season and how it can affect their child's sleep. Below I share some of my favorite tips for keeping your little ones happy and well rested during this time of year.
11/30/2014 11:48 EST
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