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Bedtime/Sleep

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When It Comes to Phases, Don't Make Mountains out of Molehills

Posted on 2/25/2020

Q: Our daughter, our first and only, is just short of three-and-one-half. She has recently started coming into our room in the middle of the night and making a request of one sort or another. She...

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Co-Sleeping Is Detrimental to Marriage

Posted on 9/11/2019

A New York writer named Jonathan Daniel Stern, writing in the August 7, 2019, issue of the e-zine “Fatherly,” laments that co-sleeping has destroyed his marriage. As best as I can figure, Stern...

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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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Recent Questions

No More Naps? Call the Doctor!

Posted 3 weeks ago

I’ve written about our middle son previously. He turned 4 a few weeks ago. He no longer naps but seems really tired during the day. He whines, seems clumsy (which I believe to be related to being...

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Sleeping Like a Baby

Posted on 5/14/2020

Sleep training... Our 4 and a half month old is dependent on his pacifier for all sleeping and has physically hurt himself by rolling over on it w/ his face numerous times and I am so tired of...

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Double Trouble at Bedtime

Posted on 4/20/2020

What is a good way to handle 2.5 year old twins, when one or both fights going to sleep at bed time? Thank you.

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Nightmares vs. Night Terrors

Posted on 4/13/2020

My daughter and I are mystified. Her 15 month old has begun waking during sleep, nighttime or nap time, with screaming. During the night he will do this 2-3 times and go back to sleep. During naps...

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Potty Training Regression and Coronavirus

Posted on 3/31/2020

My 3 year old potty trained very fast right after his 3rd birthday. He has not had a problem being dry overnight, so we have always just used underwear. He’s been potty trained 3 months. Because...

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Same bedtime for the children

Posted on 3/22/2020

Our 4 year old, and 20 month year old boys share a room. We want to do the 5 minute check in with our 20 month old to get him to sleep in his crib, and not in our bed. However, the 4 year old...

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Nap time becomes resting time

Posted on 3/22/2020

My 20 month old will not take naps, unless he is nursing on me and falls asleep. Then he wants to only sleep on me, or he wakes up crying. He has done this is full like span. I am exhausted,...

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Nursing at bedtime

Posted on 3/22/2020

We have four children ages 10, 6, 4, and 20 months. The 20 month year old will not go to sleep by himself. I am nursing him to sleep at night. I need him to just go to sleep in his crib, so I...

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Are Family Beds Healthy for the Marriage?

Posted on 2/8/2020

John's "Thought of the Day" said that good parents take very good care of their marriage. I wonder how he feels about "co-sleeping" with a new baby and if that is harmful to the marriage. I want...

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Family beds - are they healthy?

Posted on 2/3/2020

John's thought of the day saying that good parents take very good care of their marriage! I am wondering how he feels about "co sleeping" w/ a new baby, if that is harmful to the marriage or not....

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