The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Gentle Ways to Stop Bedtime Battles and Improve Your Childs Sleep by Elizabeth PantleyFor some reason, I liked this book substantially more than Pantleys previous book (The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night). Still no real solution here for why my 20-month old still cant stay asleep through the night, but helpful chapters on expectations management (i.e., lots and lots of parents are still getting up with toddlers) and strategies for what to do when he does wake up.
Im not sure how much of what Im feeling is an attitude improvement and how much is a factual change in my sons sleeping, but either way, the book was the right book for me at this moment. Pantley does a nice job of being inclusive to a variety of parenting styles (though firmly on the non-cry-it-out side of the dividing line).
How much sleep do kids need?
By Lia Grainger May 1, Photo: iStockphoto. Like many parents, Araya relies on signs from her kids — drowsiness, irritability, difficulty concentrating—to determine how much sleep they need , more than calculating exact amounts. Both Adrian and Christina happen to fall within the latest guidelines. For about a decade, the paediatric sleep community has recommended that children three to five years old need 11 to 13 hours, children five to 10 years old need 10 to 11 hours, and adolescents 10 to 17 years need eight-and-a-half to nine-and-a-half hours of sleep each night.
A Wisconsin elementary school teacher recently shared a chart of optimal sleep times for children, and although the guide went viral on Facebook, parents and experts say it's not necessarily feasible. On August 28, a kindergarten and first grade teacher from Wilson Elementary School named Stacy Karlsen posted the chart on the school's Facebook page , Kenosha News reports.
It signaled the beginning of nap time. But much has changed over the years when it comes to kindergarten. But despite the longer day, nap time is nearly extinct. Kindergarten as a place to play, nap, and learn social skills was anachronism. Teaching these skills is now the job of the preschool. The article goes on to note that new requirements for kindergarten impacted expectations of academic skills and readiness for first grade.
I have an important question — actually, several related questions — for all parents of school-age children: Do you know how much your children sleep? Do you know how much sleep they really need? And do you know what their biological clocks are telling them about when to go to sleep and when to wake up? Although young children are likely to arouse their groggy parents every morning, with no respect for weekends, after puberty the tables turn. Many youngsters and most teenagers do not get enough sleep, and this can result in serious consequences, impairing school performance and even raising the risk of depression and other mood disorders. For a week or two before school ends and again during summer vacation, keep a three-column sleep diary for your children. Or, if they are able and willing, ask them to do it themselves.