Transitions Can be Easier

There are so many transitions built into a family’s day. For children, this may include the shift to getting dressed, leaving the house, stopping play, finishing projects, cleaning up, coming to the table for meals, going upstairs for bath and settling in bed for sleep. All of these steps can have small transitions within which … Continue reading Transitions Can be Easier

Tips for a Better Naptime

Most children shift to two naps sometime in the first year and then down to one longer nap sometime between 18 months to two years old. Many children give up naps on their own between three and five years old. Before they give up naps all together, many young children go through phases of not … Continue reading Tips for a Better Naptime

Bedtime Routine Tips

Here are a few reminders to help with your bedtime routine: Same place, same time, same order every night – The more routine you have, the better. In our house, it was and is bath, jammies, teeth, story, bed. As they’ve gotten older, we changed from us reading aloud for 20 minutes, to us for 20 and them … Continue reading Bedtime Routine Tips

Bedtime Routines

When they are done consistently overtime, bedtime routines can help children to fall asleep easier. Being structured can also help reduce the push back and power struggles that are common around this time of the day. Here are a few general guidelines. Same time, same place, same order every night. For a long time in our … Continue reading Bedtime Routines


There are a few daily routines that unite us all as parents. Those times of the day we all face include bathtimes, mealtimes and bedtime routines. While it may go well for some on most days, others barely struggle through. Here are a few of my tips to help settle the bedtime routines: Same time, … Continue reading Bedtimes

Nap Time Question

Parent Question: My three-and-three-fourths-year-old doesn’t want to nap. It takes her time to fall asleep when she does nap, both at bed time and naptime. When she does nap, I would say that, on a 24 hour period, she sleeps 10-12 hours. How much sleep should she be getting in a 24 hour period? How … Continue reading Nap Time Question

Scared at Bedtime

Dear Dr. Rene, I have a three-year-old who recently started having bad dreams and would come into our room in the middle of the night. If I didn’t fall asleep, I would put her back in her own room. Now she’s afraid of her room saying there’s ghosts in there, is  afaid of the dark … Continue reading Scared at Bedtime