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Sleepless in America: Is Your Child Misbehaving...or Missing Sleep? Paperback – Jan 2 2007
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Kurcinka (Raising Your Spirited Child) recasts misbehaving children as children missing sleep (and thus, children who can be helped sans drugs and punishment) in this treatise on the manifold virtues of a good night's sleep. "Sound sleep is the foundation of good behavior," Kurcinka says, warning parents that temper tantrums, irritability, screaming-bed-jumping-freak-outs and other unwanted behaviors can be scaled back dramatically if parents ensure their kids get enough sleep-something admittedly easier written about than done. Using advice and case studies from many of the parents who have participated in her workshops, Kurcinka provides insights into why kids do not go to sleep (an imbalance of "calm energy" and "tense energy" is one theory) as well as how parents' fatigue can affect their children. She advocates tension management as a way to foster good sleeping habits and includes how-to regimens to establish bed-time routines tailored to individual children's needs. She also helps parents reset their kids' (from infants to teenagers) body clocks to avoid sleepless nights and the morning battles, stress and school bus scramble.
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“A well-written, comprehensive, and above all loving and positive approach to understanding that oh-so challenging child.” (Evonne Weinhaus and Karen Friedman, authors of Stop Struggling with Your Child and Stop Struggling with Your Teen)
“Mary Sheedy Kurcinka’s Sleepless in America has some of the best tips for sleepy families.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
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Mary Sheedy Kurcinka doesn't promise any magic solutions like some other authors, but first helps you understand the deep need our kids (and we as parents) have for sleep, then presents a number of different reasons why sleep might be challenging, then lays out ideas and options to help your family find a better way to get to sleep. With my son, simply standing your ground and not giving in to bedtime shenanigans is NOT the solution. Kurcinka understands this type of kid and I was so happy to read about techniques that do seem like they might help. It's not just about bedtime, but about making family choices to manage energy levels throughout the day.
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