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Parenting Tip: Set consistent routines for easy bedtimes

Posted February 26, 2013

Nancy Spencer, long-time parent educator and founder of Confident Parenting, offered some tips on understanding newborn cues last week. Today, she returns with thoughts on helping young children get to sleep.

Spencer reminds us that it's all about routines and consistency.

"The key is really being consistent," she tells me. Nancy Spencer Parenting Tip: Set consistent routines for easy bedtimes

For more, watch our video interview. And check the box above for more from Spencer. Go to her website to learn all about the services that she offers.


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  • 321oohaw Mar 1, 2013

    zzz...sorry, you put me to sleep

  • marthahpieper Feb 27, 2013

    Some of causes of sleep disorders are emotional and these emotions are often expressed in bad dreams. Children may be afraid to sleep or wake up and be unable to go back to sleep because of nightmares and bad dreams. I am a child psychotherapist who has written a children's book for ages three and up, Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! ( to empower children to understand their bad dreams. Joey, a young kangaroo, has a series of bad dreams which his parents lovingly help him to understand. By the last dream, Joey can make sense of it himself and put himself back to bed. Once children realize that bad dreams are caused by upsetting events from the previous day and that they can be seen as puzzles to be solved, they are intrigued and empowered rather than frightened and helpless.