If you have not already done so, please read Blog Posts 1 through 5 that describe how sleep is important and beneficial. I will post specific information for parents and children based on my book, “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.” Please do not be put off by my book’s length. This is a reference book. Read only the topic of interest to you.
My book, ‘Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child’, explains how your child benefits from healthy sleep (Blog Posts 1–5). Additionally, the marriage might benefit because parents are calmer from sleeping better and they have more uninterrupted private time in the early evening and overnight. This benefit led one mother to tell me that the cover of my book should include the banner headline: ‘Buy this book, have more sex!’.
If your marriage is stressed, please read some of the following:
A. Blog Posts
17 describes how the individual role of the father and the mother helps or hinders healthy sleep in their child.
B. Posts by Topic
Section 6: ‘Understanding why parents might have difficulty helping their child sleep well’.
Section 7: ‘Sleep Solutions’ to help your child sleep better.
Section 15: ‘Children’s sleep in different countries’ to recognize speed bumps or roadblocks in your own marriage or culture that might make it difficult to achieve peaceful sleep for your child.
C. What a Parent Can Do
Specific steps that might solve your child’s sleep difficulty.
D. Parents’ Reports
Topic 1: Graduated Extinction and Extinction.
Topic 4: Reset.
Topic 8: Sleep Rules.
E. Get outside help.
Perhaps a discussion with your child’s primary caregiver or a community sleep consultant (Blog Posts 27, 64 and 65) will help clarify the issues around your child’s sleep difficulties and save your marriage.
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