The Sleep Sense™ Program was created by Dana Obleman out of the strong belief that healthy sleep habits make for healthy children. A well-rested child is curious, energetic, happy, playful, and eager to learn.
When parents entrust me as their child’s “sleep guide" they are placing a great deal of trust in me, and I take this responsibility very seriously.
While most books and programs dealing with child sleep problems take philosophical stands (based largely around the issue of “crying it out”), I believe that your child’s sleep is more important than my personal views on the subject.
That’s why the Sleep Sense™ Program places such an emphasis on accommodating different parenting styles.
My approach to improving your child’s sleep is pretty simple:
1. I’ll give you honest information about WHY sleep is so important for your child’s well-being. (This will give you all the motivation you need to make changes to your child’s sleep habits.)
2. I’ll lay out an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan that lets you make some choices about what is the right approach for your child. (All children are different, and nobody knows your child better than you do. I encourage you to use your knowledge of your child to help customize his or her sleep plan.)
3. I will show you how to measure success. (No, you shouldn’t expect your child to sleep 12 uninterrupted hours on the first night — although it does happen!) I’ll tell you what you should expect along the way.
4. I will walk alongside you. This is why people hire me. I will be right there with you as you begin to implement your customized plan. I will encourage you, hold you accountable and make tweaks if necessary. You don't have to do this alone.
A note about the “crying" question: Since people always ask me about whether my program involves “crying it out,” I think it’s something that deserves to be addressed here.
Crying is your child’s way of protesting change, and you can expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in some protest. That’s why I’m always sure to tell parents that my program will most likely involve at least some amount of protest on the child’s part.
Please understand that I will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone, nor will I ask you to ignore their cries. The reason that The Sleep Sense™ Program is so effective is that is allows you develop a plan that you feel comfortable with, based on what you know about your child.
If you have any questions at all about the sleep philosophy behind the Sleep Sense™ Program, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Certified Sleep Sense™ Consultant