I have to admit to everyone right now… just because my business is about helping moms and moms-to-be that does not make me an “expert” on everything parenting related. (shocking I know! LOL)
But part of being a parent is knowing when you are NOT the expert and then being willing to ask and ACCEPT help where needed.
I’ve got to know, Jill Parker, of Little Dreamers through my business and we have built a great connection. A month or so ago during a meeting over coffee, I confided in her a little secret… my daughter is not a great sleeper and it was something we were really struggling with in my house.
It was affecting all our sleep, not just my daughters! I’ve tried lots of different things based on reading online and friends had given us books which I just never had the time to read so would just skim through to find the quick answers. I’ve heard Jill speak lots of time about baby and children’s sleep and I know she knows her stuff and is passionate about helping support families! I also have built a trust with her so feel comfortable letting her into our home and sharing in something that to me, is a little bit private. Long story short, I asked if she would take us on as clients and help us adjust my daughters sleep schedule/habits so we can get her on the right track to learn to self-soothe during the night if she wakes up and overtime fall asleep on her own without “props” like us rubbing her back, a bottle etc.
Tuesday was our in-home consultation and I was so excited to hear all the great information she had to share with us. She has customized her
“Sleep Sense Program” to make it fit for our families’ needs and routine. Although there is going to be some changes
obviously, she took into consideration our life and schedules as well as all the information we had provided beforehand. My husband is probably more excited than me to get this process going with Jill as he is often the one who gets up with my daughter during the night. After our consultation with Jill the first words out of his mouth weren’t anything
negative, they were, “Wow, this is definitely worth it, why didn’t we do this earlier!” (I happen to agree with both and it feels good to know we are on the
same page) See, the reason I am really looking forward to this is that the plan and goals are laid out of us… pretty much step by step and even the “what if” situations are addressed in the plan. I’m not saying its fool proof, because every child is different but also it is what you put into it. We are literally
clearing our evening schedules the next few weeks to commit to making this work so my daughter and us can benefit from a healthy night’s sleep and we can all have a better day together because we are not overtired and irritated.
There have been a couple of times over the last few days of really focusing on my daughter’s sleep to prepare for the consultation with Jill that I’ve felt guilty and that maybe somewhere as a
parent, I’ve failed or let her down because I’ve let this go on this long but you know what, every parent struggles with something (or more than one thing!) and that’s ok. It’s NORMAL! We all feel guilty sometimes but we shouldn’t! The thing is, once you know better, you can do better. This is exactly what this change is about. Madison is learning the skills to be able to become a healthy sleeper and my husband and I are
learning the skills to be able to help support her with that and in turn, it will benefit our whole family and become such a positive change in our lives.
We start our first night of the plan tonight. I look forward to sharing with everyone our journey to a
good night sleep.
Want to know more about Jill Parker and her business Little Dreamers?
Jill Parker, owner of Little Dreamers Consulting, is a professional child sleep consultant, trained by Dana Obleman, creator and author of the Sleep
Sense Program. Jill offers personal, one-on-one support to families whose children are struggling with sleep issues. In working hand-in-hand with parents and caregivers, Jill will create a step-by-step, easy to follow sleep plan that
meets the specific needs of the child and will lead the family to a path of SWEET DREAMS!