Sleep Well. Grow Well. Live Well.
I grew up in south-central Montana, part of the fourth generation to live in this beautiful state. Eventually, I made my way to Missoula, in the northwestern corner of the state, where I received a BA in English Literature with an emphasis in teaching from the University of Montana. During a decade of teaching in Missoula I earned an MA in English Literature and Education. It was in Missoula that I met my husband. I have two amazing teenaged step-children, our 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Norah, our newborn daughter Audrey, and our yellow lab, Clancy.
My guess is that our Slumberless Story is a lot like yours! After struggling to help my oldest daughter develop healthy sleep habits, I realized that I wanted to help other families by becoming a Certified Child Sleep Consultant through the Family Sleep Institute in 2015. Through this certification, I received a multi-faceted and in depth education in various solutions for both common and unique sleep issues at every age, regardless of how families approach sleep in their household.
My own experience as a sleepless mother of a sleepless baby taught me that being constantly exhausted is not a sustainable way to live. Restorative sleep is the foundation for so many other facets of our health and our children’s development. Successfully teaching my daughter to sleep inspired a new path for me in an area where so many families need extra help and prolonged support in order to live their best, most healthy lives. Human development and holistic healthy have always been interests of mine. My work as a teacher over the last decade has enlightened me to the vast differences in needs, learning styles, and strengths of all ages, and also makes me confident in my ability to teach in a new way: to help families learn strategies and skills to gently show their children how to sleep restfully through their nights and naps.
I blog weekly about various sleep topics. I invite all of you to sign up in the box to the right to receive the most recent blog posts via email. Here are a few posts that I think are particularly helpful:
About my Family Sleep Institute Certification
While many Sleep Consultant Certification programs exist, many require that consultants follow one solitary mode of helping babies sleep. To me, this was too narrow of a mindset for all of the families I know. I wanted to be able to help parents with all different philosophies, all different sleep-styles, and all different kinds of wonderful children achieve optimum sleep, and health! And so I found the Family Sleep Institute. During four months of intensive and consuming education of the highest order, everything having to do with infant and child sleep was covered in detail, including:
-Infant sleep safety
-SIDS caregiver certification
-Sleep and developmental milestones
-Varying parenting philosophies (in regards to sleep)
-Varying parental goals (in regards to sleep)
-Naps–longer, better, and transitions
-Varying methods of teaching infants and children to sleep
-Sleep issues and disturbances
-Children with special needs and sleep
-Sleep and the nursing mother
-Sleep and attachment parenting
-Sleep and infant illness/teething
…and much, much more. FSI students are expected to research, read, and consider all angles of a family’s sleep issues as they determine the best plan of action. Continuing education is also a requirement. In short, I found the course I was hoping for to fit families of all kinds.
“Birth Trauma: Effects on the Parent/Child Relationship Early On”, Presented by Dr. Georgina Clifford, April 13 2016, Seminar