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4 Tips for the 4th to set your kids up for success!

 

 Verbalize the Plan…

4th of July for many families, consists of a day packed with BBQ’s, parades, parties and nighttime fireworks.  We tend to be overscheduled with activities that are not the normal everyday routine.  There will be new faces, new places and loud noises. 

 A great way to manage expectations and time is to go over in detail with your kids, the plan for the day. Let them know where you will be going, who they will be seeing, what food they will be eating and all the fun activities they will be doing.  If kids have a clear vision of the day’s events, chances are things will run a lot smoother.  Younger children like to know what to...

The 6 Sleep Stealers by Sleepy Planet Parenting

There are six main “sleep stealers,” or reasons your child isn’t sleeping well; she may be affected by one of them, by a combination of several, or—if you’ve hit the jackpot—by all six.

#1: No Consistent Bedtime Routine

Though most parents know a bedtime routine is a good idea, it is hard to be consistent, either because there’s too much to do or because your child has so much energy that it’s hard to slow her down. Still, a predictable wind-down routine is one of the most important tools your child needs to sleep well. Tips:

    • Physical activity should come before the routine
    • Should last 15 to 60 minutes at nighttime, and about 10 to...
5 Little Monkeys—Because Other Kid Beds Didn’t Cut It

How and why two sleep-loving parents decided to create the ultimate sleep system for kids

I simply do not relate to those people who brag about needing only four or five hours of sleep a night. Come on, how is that even possible? Five hours of sleep for me means I’m unfit to operate a motor vehicle at any speed—especially one with two small children in the backseat. When I’m sleep deprived, everything else in my life suffers. I’m sure you know the feeling!

Ok, I’ll admit it! I need a solid eight, preferably nine, hours of sleep a night to function in top form. Of course, on most nights, this is not the case. However, I have learned through six...