Modern Parenting: The Importance Of Sleep


In today's world, very few of us pick up a hard copy of a newspaper! We get all of our content on the internet and through the various social media platforms. However, I wanted a place for parents to have a few minutes a week to unplug yet still have a space to learn, grow and laugh when it comes to this season of life! 

Like myself, I'm sure many of you find yourselves trying to survive the day, with endless to do lists and what feels like a zillion tabs open in your brain. That mental load can become exhausting! Know that you are not alone! My first tidbit of support to pour into this article, is sleep! Sleep for you and sleep for your little one(s)! 

As a parent, you know how important it is for your child to get enough sleep. Good sleep habits are essential for your child's health, development, and overall well-being. However, healthy sleep habits are important for you too and mimicing those will support you and set your little ones up for healthy sleep hygine.

It's important to establish a consistent sleep routine for your child, including a regular bedtime and wake-up time (same goes for adults;)). Doing such helps regulate the body clock and promotes healthy sleep patterns. For your kids, creating a calming bedtime routine, such as a warm bath, story time, and a lullaby, can also help your child wind down and prepare for sleep.

Avoid stimulating activities close to bedtime, such as playing video games or watching TV. These activities can interfere with your child's ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Instead, encourage quiet activities such as reading a book, puzzles or listening to soft music.

It's also important to create a sleep-conducive environment for your child. This includes keeping the bedroom quiet, dark, and cool. Consider using blackout curtains, white noise machines, and a good mattress to create a comfortable sleeping environment.

Remember, good sleep habits are essential for your child's health and well-being. By establishing a consistent sleep routine and creating a sleep-conducive environment, you can help your child get the restful sleep they need to thrive!

I look forward to this being a space where I can share useful information to parents within our community on topics that benefit all families! 



Akida Weir is a local resident and parent of a toddler. She is a full time professional, full time mom and part time crafter! 

Akida Weir

Akida Weir, local resident and parent of a toddler. Full time professional, full time mom and part time crafter! 

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Volume 19, Issue 9, Posted 12:21 PM, 05.03.2023