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Bedtime/Sleep

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Comfort, Not Counseling, Is the Treatment for Nightmares

Posted on 12/21/2016

Q: Our 5-year-old has suddenly started waking up with nightmares. He's not able to describe them with any clarity, however, so we don't know what the content of them is. The most he's able to...

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Rescue Yourself and Your Child With Bedtime Routine

Posted on 5/11/2016

Q: My daughter, who just turned three, has a surge of energy after dinner and can take hours to fall asleep. I try putting her down around 8 o’clock, but there are nights when she doesn’t fall...

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More on Attachment Parenting

Posted on 8/18/2015

Copyright 2015, John K. Rosemond In a recent column, I referred to “attachment parenting babble,” which is to say, I called a spade a spade. The column in question concerned...

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Making a Change

Posted on 8/4/2015

This is a story about how quickly parents, if they are determined enough, can make significant change in parenting policy. The family in question consists of two boys, ages 9 and 8,...

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Bedtime Fears

Posted on 3/10/2015

Copyright 2015, John K. Rosemond Q: About six months ago, our four-year old daughter began complaining of being afraid to be alone at bedtime. Upon questioning, she told us she was...

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Teens & Sleep

Posted on 9/2/2014

New research finds that teens whose school days begin later than the national norm of approximately eight o’clock achieve at higher levels than teens who start school earlier. The researchers in...

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"The Doctor" Makes House Calls

Posted on 4/28/2014

Shortly after I finished graduate school, a friend of mine shared with me a book called Indirect Hypnosis, written by Milton Erickson, a most unorthodox psychiatrist if ever there was one....

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Too Old to Cuddle?

Posted on 4/15/2014

Q: My 11-year old son, an only child, continues to ask me to "snuggle" with him and scratch his back at bed time. This is a time for us to read aloud, chat about concerns or questions, and say...

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3 Year Old has bedtime problems

Posted on 1/22/2013

Q: For the past several weeks, our just-turned 3-year-old has been waking up and coming into our room at all hours of the night with the usual excuses. He's scared, hungry, thirsty, lonely, can't...

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3-Year-Old Boys Bedtime Issues

Posted on 10/18/2011

How to quiet down boys' bedtime antics Q: My twin boys will be 3 next month. They sleep in the same room. They've recently taken to getting out of their beds (together, although one seems to be...

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Recent Questions

2 1/2 yo Not Napping

Posted 3 days ago

Can you give me some tips on transitioning my son into his toddler bed? He's 30 months and always been a great sleeper. He's doing well with sleeping in his toddler bed at night, but naps are a...

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10 yo Insomnia

Posted 1 week ago

My son 10 yo has problem to fall asleep. I put him to bed around 8h30 -9h. He can't fall asleep till 11h00 midnight. I wake him up around 8 am to do go school and usually he is sleeping on his...

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2 1/2 yo Bedtime Troubles

Posted 1 week ago

Recently our 2 1\2 year old daughter has been wanting us to stay with her until she falls asleep. Normally she reads her books and we tuck her in and that's it. We have done this for about a week....

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2 Year Old Fight Sleep

Posted 2 weeks ago

Over the past month my almost 2 year old has radically started fighting sleep. For almost 2 years we've been able to lay her down in her crib for both naps and bedtime. Out of the blue she's...

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A Blustering 3-Year-Old and the Ticket System

Posted 3 weeks ago

We have four children. Our third child is a 3.5 year old boy. He is our most "spirited" child and has the vocabulary of a 6 year old. Our 2 older children (6 & 8) are more reserved. He is so...

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Mouthy 3-year-old

Posted on 3/4/2017

Recently my 3 and a half -year-old has started negating various statements his dad and I make. Mostly this happens when he doesn't want to do something (It is bedtime/it is NOT bedtime), but also...

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4 y/o Bedtime Monster

Posted on 2/14/2017

Our 4 year old great-grandson has been living with us for almost 8 months. He is fairly good during the day (unless he has not had a nap). He goes to preschool 3 days a week. And went to the...

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2 yr old screams during the night

Posted on 1/26/2017

Hello, My just-turned-two year old daughter sleeps through the night and has done so since she was at least six months. That being said, every so often, she wakes in the night and just screams...

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What's a Nanny To Do?

Posted on 1/11/2017

I am a nanny for two children, ages 4 1/5 (girl) & 8 1/5 (boy). They are brother and sister. The boy approaches the girl and rubs his private part against her. I told the parents and they said...

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Three-Year-Old Has "Trouble" Falling Asleep

Posted on 1/11/2017

When my now 3-year old son was sleeping in the crib, I'd sleep with him on his twin bed at nap time. Once we got rid of the crib (after he started jumping out), he expected - and still does - us...

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