So much of what I’ve written recently has been about how I can help people and I think that has to be one of the most important parts of what I do. Whether I’m working on a full consultation or just giving a few tips, I realised that the reason I get so much out of this is because of my own naivety when it came to getting my kids to sleep through the night.
I have two lovely children Lyla and Sam who challenge and excite me every day. When Lyla was born I remember that feeling when we took her home, thinking – hold on someone trusts us with a child now?! It might be a familiar feeling for many parents as nothing quite prepares you for parenthood, they don’t come with a manual and the learning curve starts right there and never ever stops.
So when it came to getting either of them sleep I had no idea. We muddled through with both of them in their first years. We had read some books, but we were focusing on keeping them healthy and fed and sleep seemed like a bit of a luxury. I look back on that time now and wonder about all the bad habits that we set up and why we didn’t really do anything about it.
I don’t think we slept properly for at least the 1st year of each of their lives. That’s 24 months (and more with Sam) of exhaustion and struggling through the day. The annoying thing really is that I could have stopped all of that if I’d have known more. I could have learnt more about how to deal with sleep from the beginning and perhaps been given a bit more guidance at the start, but I know now it’s not something that I had to live with. I just let it happen and if i’m honest it nearly broke me from tiredness and that pretence that everything was okay.
I now realise that it’s all about education. In the end I was forced (by my son’s major sleep issues) to find out more. I educated myself about how to get him to sleep through the night and then learnt more through my comprehensive training program. There is a science to it, there is proven research about how important sleep is for everything in our lives and I now know this and know how to apply that science to all children’s sleep.
I suppose all I want you to take from this is that sleepless nights aren’t part of what it is to be a parent. You don’t have to accept it in your life and with a bit of education and dedication you can get your family including yourself sleeping through the night so everyone can wake up in the morning fully rested and ready to start the day.
If you are wondering about whether you need any education or tips along the way just get in touch and I’d be happy to help. Call me on 07748 677908 or firstname.lastname@example.org