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Sleepless in America: Is Your Child Misbehaving...or Missing Sleep? Paperback – Bargain Price, January 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 Kurcinkas Sleepless in America has some of the best tips for sleepy families." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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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Top Customer Reviews
As another mom who read it after I recommended it said, if you only read one book about kids and sleep, this should be the one.
This fantastic, easy-to-read and enjoyable book really does have insights and advice to help everyone, and reinforces why sleep is so important for your child as well as how to help your child get it. I have been recommending this to so many other parents since I read it and will likely continue to do so for a long time. You want this book, trust me!
Mostly it gave me a new way of looking at sleep. I used to feel like I was a failure because my friends all got their babies to nap in their cribs and sleep through the night. My son actually has similar sleep patterns to me. As an adult I rarely "sleep through the night", so why was I so consumed with him doing it. We now have some good habits and we are all getting much more sleep!
I wish more people knew about this book!