Rest Easy, Parents and Children: Healthy Sleep for Every Family

July 28, 2014 8:43 PM

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At 7:30 p.m. you hand-hold your preschooler to bed, give a kiss, turn down the light, and crack the door just enough to alleviate his aloneness. But how long before he's at your knees begging he cannot sleep or wants a drink of water for what seems like the ten thousandth night in a row? You blow him another kiss and wish him a good night's sleep -- for his sake, you say to yourself, but in reality also for your own.

Most every parent has experienced the claustrophobic dread that takes over the room while trying to convince a child to lie down, close his eyes, and stay still long enough to fall asleep. We console and cajole, we beg and plead, but he is not at all compelled hearing about the importance of good sl...

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