At age 4 1/2 we had our first attempt at a ‘big girl´s’ bike for our daughter, and today we can finally say
As the end of summer vacation approaches, a lot of us parents find ourselves in the need to re-establish a healthy sleep routine for our kids. Mostly, because we also decided to let it ‘slip’ during summer vacation, so no complaining!. Now let’s get rid of the fun-packed late nights and try to make those first weeks of school a little easier for your kids.
It improves general health, energy, wellness, learning/Cognitive ability and immune system performance. It also allows kids to wake up rested and ready to function well, in body and mind, every day. And that is a fantastic gift to give to our kids. If we could only follow along…
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has these guidelines, “Recommended Amount of Sleep for Pediatric Populations“, which are pretty clear on the subject. In our case, and for most young scholars, let´s simplify and say around 11 hours a day.
It’s not always easy to tell whether your child is getting enough sleep, tired kids don’t necessarily act tired and can even become overactive. The National Sleep Foundation shares some common signs that a child isn’t sleeping enough, for elementary school students they are:
That is the million dollar question, isn´t it? This is what we are going to try next week:
Of course, this is not a ‘one size fits all’ kind of thing, hardly anything is when regarding kids and different approaches may work better or worse for different children in different situations.
Lastly, be sure to talk with your child’s doctor if your instinct tells you that he may be suffering some sleep problems, always better safe than sorry.
And maybe you will too.
With Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story you can help your kids learn techniques for self-soothing, relaxing the body and mind, focusing attention, and other skills that will support restful sleep and improve overall confidence and well-being.
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