May 6, 2019
Blue Star Families welcomed Corie Weathers, LPC to host the #GoodNightMilKid Workshop. Here are the Top 5 Tips that came during that time.
1. Keep Perspective:
Remember that our children will not always be dealing with these sleep issues all of their life. By the time your children reach high school it is very likely that they will have worked out whatever they are currently working through. Remember that it’s going to be okay, no matter what you’re going through right now. Whatever those changes are that you’re facing life has a way of helping us work through things and finding the answers, even if it’s not immediately.
2. Sleeping Needs:
Kids need on average between 11-16 hours of sleep a night and parents need about 8 hours of sleep a night.
- Newborns (0-3 months):
Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
- Infants (4-11 months):
Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
- Toddlers (1-2 years):
Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
- Preschoolers (3-5):
Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
- School-age children (6-13):
Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
- Teenagers (14-17):
Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
- Younger adults (18-25):
Sleep range is 7-9 hours
- Adults (26-64):
Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
- Newborns (0-3 months):
3. Keep To a Good Routine:
It’s very important to have a routine in our lifestyle of constant chaos. It’s important to have a routine but to remember not to become over controlling with the routine. An example of remaining flexible with the schedule would be if your child is set to go to bed at 7:30 p.m., you can allow them to have their head on the pillow reading at 7:30 p.m. you can give them time to read and then shut off the light instead of the child going straight to asleep by that time. It helps the child regain control in a situation when they might not feel as if they have control. Remember that one of human’s basic need is routine and structure as it helps with building emotional security.
4. Get Your Kids Involved in the Routine
If your child is old enough involve them in setting their routine so that both of you understand what the needs are of each other.
5. Communication is Key!
When there are times where the routine will change communicate what will change. When you’re getting ready to PCS start introducing books and conversations about moving. The more we communicate with our children the safer they will feel to ask questions and to transition smoothly into their new location.
These are just the Top 5 Sleep Tips from the #GoodNightMilitaryKid Workshop, to hear more watch the Facebook Live with Corie Weathers, LPC below:
Welcome to the MilKid Sleep Campaign Workshop with Corie Weathers, LPC #Coriespondent. Let's talk kids and sleep issues. Feel free to ask questions!
Posted by Blue Star Families on Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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