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NEW…  Kitty’s Sleep Programs Now On Video!

Posted June 22, 2010

I am pleased to announce that parents are now able to purchase and download a condensed version of each of my Sleep Seminars.  These have been created to address some long-standing requests from out-of-towners who can't make a Calgary seminar; I think these videos will also be helpful to Calgary parents who find it difficult to attend a seminar together or on a specific date.

It is important to remember that both videos are condensed and, while all the basic information is there, the material is presented in summary form and you will not have the benefit of the Q&A session, as contained in the "live" seminar.  I will be continuing to offer the "live" sleep seminars, though less frequently over the summer months.

When you purchase a video, you'll receive download instructions in your email box.  Please read instructions carefully and note the time limits that apply to these downloads. 

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Sleep Research on Infants and Young Children

Posted June 2, 2010

"The findings from the related Sleep in America poll of sleep practices of children from birth to age 10 and their caregivers clearly noted that sleep problems are highly prevalent, and that they have a negative impact on children and their families. Education is the key not only to the treatment of existing sleep disturbances, but more importantly, for the prevention of sleep problems and the development of best sleep practices. These education efforts clearly go beyond parents to our educational systems and to health-care practitioners."

JODI A. MINDELL, PhD
Saint Joseph’s University, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA (Published online October 4, 2004)

In view of the above quote,  I'm very pleased to note that Raymond Parenting has offered Sleep from the Start as a prenatal class for parents since 2002.  Dr. Jodi Mindel wrote this article in 2004, stating that the educational system and health-care practitioners should routinely provide prenatal education to parents in an effort to prevent the family disharmoney created by post-natal sleep deprivation.

That this instruction is still not happening in our public health systems is maddening to me and certainly supports my suspicions that many departments within these health systems have chosen to focus on other agendas. Feeding infants, for example, is micro-managed in some cases to the extreme, without equal emphasis on sleep requirements and instruction for parents on how to enable the learning of sleep skills for their babies and young children.

A resource to which I would like to draw your attention is the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development.  You may wish to keep it bookmarked because it can take a few days to acquaint yourself with all the fascinating topics covered. There is a section called 'according to experts', a synthesis, and complete folders on every topic. I certainly do not always agree with the experts and I hope you will keep your own perspective and intimate knowledge of your own child(ren) in your mind as you read. 

I would love to hear from you about any topic you decide to research at this wonderful online site.  Do you agree/disagree?  Did you find it interesting to read the 'expert' opinions?  Did you change your mind on anything?

 

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