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Natasha Daniels, LCSW

The 4 Reasons Anxious Kids Can’t Sleep (and what to do)

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • What are the four biggest reasons kids can’t sleep and what do we do for each?
  • How can I help my child with fear of monsters, ghosts, aliens etc.?
  • What if my kid says they are scared of dying or death?
  • How do I help my child when their mind is racing?
  • What series of questions can I ask my child to get to the underlying reasons of why they can’t sleep?
  • Does co-sleeping affect my child’s ability to sleep through the night?
  • Is there any way to break the cycle of lying down with my kids to put them to bed?
  • What if my partner or spouse and I disagree about our child’s sleep challenges?

Natasha Daniels is an author, child therapist and mom to three amazing, albeit anxious kids. She has dedicated her work and her life to helping kids and families learn how to crush anxiety and OCD. She is the author of How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler and Anxiety Sucks! A Teen Survival Guide.

www.anxioustoddlers.com

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Michael Breus, PhD

Helping Teens and Tweens Master Sleep

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • Is it normal for my teen not to want to wake up to go to school?
  • What is it about tween biology that makes sleep such a challenge?
  • What’s the #1 thing kids are exposed to that affects their sleep?
  • What’s the myth about letting kids sleep to podcasts, music, or TV before bed?
  • Is it okay to give my child melatonin? What are the side effects?
  • My tween wants to nap after school, is this a bad idea?
  • Is it okay if my kids seriously sleep in on the weekends?
  • How do I help my kids with racing thoughts that keep them up?
  • What is the power down hour?
  • Does the mattress and pillow my child sleeps on really matter?

Michael Breus, PhD is a Board certified Sleep Specialist and author of three bestselling books: Good Night: The Sleep Doctors 4-week program to Better Sleep and Better HealthThe Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep, and The Power of When: Discover your Chronotype.

www.thesleepdoctor.com

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Gene Monterastelli

Body Hack: Tapping to Help Kids (and you) Sleep!

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • What is the emotional freedom technique or tapping?
  • Why is tapping effective? What research supports these findings?
  • Tapping requires tuning into the issue we have – how do we teach kids to “tune in”?
  • What are the 4 questions we can ask our kids at night while tapping?
  • Tapping looks a little wacky – how do I get my kids interested?
  • How exactly do I tap and how do I teach my kids?
  • What is your simple formula for emotional relief for kids?
  • What other awesome benefits can tapping reap beyond better sleep?
  • Can you show me techniques that take less than 10 minutes a day?

Gene Monterastelli is a Brooklyn based EFT practitioner. In addition to working with clients and groups, he regularly writes and records about how to use tapping to move from self-sabotage to productive action.

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Jennifer Waldburger, MSW

Tackling the 2 Big Sleep Problems in School-age Kids

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • What are the 2 biggest sleep problems seen among school-age kids?
  • What are the critical steps we need to take in the evening to help kids sleep?
  • Is there some manipulation going on when my child keeps waking up/calling for me?
  • Can you tell us about your recommended “lie down” routines?
  • What should we avoid discussing when we’re putting our kids to bed?
  • How do I help my child if there’s been a big life event that has caused sleep issues?
  • How come my child used to sleep okay, but now they seem to be challenged?
  • What is a “sleepover party” and how can it help?
  • What if my child has a lot of energy and can’t wind down at night?

Jennifer Waldburger, MSW, earned her master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she contributed to research with the Mayo Clinic. Jennifer has been working with children and families for more than 20 years, offering private sessions and classes that incorporate mindfulness and holistic practices gathered over 25 years of study on these subjects.

www.sleepyplanet.com

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Elisha Goldstein, PhD

Mindfulness + Self-compassion = Better Sleep

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • How can I deal with my self-judgment as a parent when my kids aren’t sleeping?
  • What 3-step process can I use when I’m totally frustrated by my child’s sleep challenges?
  • What does singing have to do with helping my kids get a better night’s sleep?
  • How does human connection help us get through sleep challenges?
  • What does self-compassion have to do with sleep and how do we practice it?
  • How do we thwart the stress response by using two hands?
  • What is a surefire way to show up as the best version of ourselves when our kids are challenged?
  • How do you teach kids the skills of mindfulness using story?
  • What is your favorite tool for racing thoughts that keep kids awake at night?

Dr. Elisha Goldstein is a leading mindfulness expert, co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles, and creator of the 6-month mentorship program A Course in Mindful Living. Dr. Goldstein synthesizes the pearls of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness to achieve mental and emotional healing.

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Tamar Chansky, PhD

Putting Monsters and Worry to Bed for Good!

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • What is the first step I take when my child won’t sleep?
  • My child is scared of monsters, robbers, the dark etc., how do I help them?
  • When my child is scared, why doesn’t reassurance calm them down?
  • What’s a better question than: “What are you worried about?”
  • What do makeovers have to do with helping kids sleep?
  • How can we use the techniques you’re talking about for any age kids?
  • What does fact checking have to do with better sleep?
  • What should kids keep by their bedside to help them sleep?
  • What do you do if your child is resisting help or tools?
  • When is the best time to teach my kid these tools?

Dr. Tamar Chansky, a licensed psychologist, is the Founder and Director of the Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety in Plymouth Meeting, PA. She is the author of numerous books on the treatment of anxiety, including the popular Freeing Yourself from Anxiety Series.

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Anya Kamenetz

The Truth about Screens & Sleep (According to Science)

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • What does the research say about screens and sleep?
  • What is the “rebound effect” and how does it affect sleep?
  • What is the vicious cycle that keeps my child tired, but still wired from their device?
  • Based on your research, what are the guidelines around screens that I can create to help my child sleep better?
  • What are the differences between girls and boys when it comes to screen use?
  • Why do kids feel a sense of relief when you impose screen guidelines/rules?
  • What are the warning signs that my child needs to curb their screen time?
  • Based on your research, how much influence do parents have on kids’ screen habits?
  • What’s the one thing I can model when I use my phone in front of my kids?
  • What are the positive uses of technology? How can we model these things?

Anya Kamenetz is an education correspondent for NPR. She is the author of several books about learning and the future. Her latest is The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media And Real Life.

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Lewis Kass, MD

Does My Child have a Sleep Disorder?

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • What are the most common sleep disorders in children?
  • What are the signs of obstructive sleep apnea?
  • Should I be concerned about my child snoring?
  • What is restless sleeping and why does it matter?
  • My child sweats in his sleep, is this a concern?
  • My child experiences bedwetting, what does this mean?
  • My child wakes up early in the morning, what might this mean?
  • My child has a tough time falling asleep, isn’t this just fear?
  • What are the signs of RLS?
  • What are the signs of narcolepsy?
  • What are the signs of mild asthma?
  • How do these conditions relate to ADHD?
  • Can my child outgrow some of these conditions?
  • What are the treatments for all of these conditions?
  • When should I go to a pediatrician or doctor for my child?

Lewis J. Kass, MD is a Yale-trained, board certified pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist specializing in pediatric respiratory medicine and sleep disorders.

www.lewiskassmd.com

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Kanchan Koya, PhD

Eat Yourself to a Better Night’s Sleep

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • How does the food I feed my child relate to their sleep?
  • What are the optimal times of day to eat to get the best sleep?
  • Are there particular spices that might help a child sleep better?
  • Are there particular foods I should totally avoid if my child is challenged sleeping?

Kanchan Koya is a Harvard-trained Molecular Biologist, Integrative Nutritionist, and mother to two. She is the creator of Spice Spice Baby, a platform dedicated to bringing healing spices and their amazing health benefits to families everywhere.

www.spicespicebaby.com

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Suzi Lula, MA, ALSP

How Self-Care Creates a Positive Sleep Ripple Effect

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • What is self-care and why does it matter?
  • Why do you say self-care is not for the faint of heart?
  • I’m running on fumes, how could I possibly make time for self-care?
  • I feel like self-care is a little selfish, is this wrong?
  • How do I practice self-care when I have no tribe or a small support network?
  • What can I do if my kids show resistance when I’m taking time for myself?
  • How does self-care ultimately help me help my child sleep better?
  • How can we help kids wind down for bed?

Suzi Lula is a visionary leader who is transforming the way people think about Self Care and Motherhood. A much sought after spiritual counselor, inspirational speaker and bestselling author, Suzi challenges conventional thinking that says that mothers must sacrifice themselves, and instead guides them to the realization that when they thrive, their children will flourish as well.

www.suzilula.com

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Rekha Magon

Mindfulness as a Powerful Pathway to Better Sleep

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • What is mindfulness and why do we care?
  • What kind of mindfulness exercises can help my child sleep better?
  • Can you actually demonstrate how to do these exercises?
  • In your experience, how does mindfulness transform kids?

Rekha Magon is a mindfulness expert & co-founder of The Mindful Scholar, a platform for K-12 schools that uses mindfulness to increase student’s EQ (emotional intelligence). She was recently crowned the winner of Startupfest’s CBC Media pitch competition and featured on CBC News.

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Mariam Gates

Good Night Yoga Before Going to Sleep

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • How can my child use their body to improve their emotional resiliency?
  • What do yoga, mindfulness, and breathing have in common when it comes to feelings?
  • How does your “Good Night Yoga” flow help a child sleep better?
  • Does the flow you’ve developed work for any age?
  • Does my child need to know yoga before trying this?
  • Can you teach us visualization exercises effective for sleep?
  • Do you have yoga flows that help with transitions?
  • What empowering question can my child ask to start the day off right?
  • What can I do if my child holds on to difficult feelings for long periods of time?

Mariam Gates is a passionate and inspiring teacher with over 20 years of experience working with young people. Through the Kid Power Yoga Program she has combined her dedication to teaching yoga with her skills as an educator to guide children in accessing their own inner source of strength, confidence, problem-solving and creativity.

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Lindsey Biel, OTR/L

Sleep for Kids with Sensory Processing Challenges

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • What is sensory processing disorder (SPD)?
  • How can I figure out if my child has SPD?
  • If my child does have SPD, how does it affect their sleep?
  • What are your top techniques to help kids with SPD sleep better?
  • What are your thoughts about weighted blankets for helping kids sleep?
  • Can you give us tips that address all five senses when it comes to sleep?
  • What is a sensory diet?
  • Can you give me details on a sensory routine/activities my child could use throughout the day?

Lindsey Biel, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist with a private practice in New York City. She is co-author of the award-winning Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, and the author of Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens.

www.sensorysmarts.com

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Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, MAPP

The Science of Getting a Great Night’s Sleep

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • What happens to my body and my child’s body when we’re sleeping?
  • What are the different sleep cycles and why does it matter?
  • What do cycles have to do with our ability to fall asleep?
  • What powerful technique can we teach our kids to help them fall alseep?
  • What is the best breathing technique for sleeping?
  • How can my child use their body to calm their racing mind?
  • How can I help my child feel safe in the dark?
  • Can expressing gratitude really help my child sleep better?

Emiliya is the CEO and founder of The Flourishing Center, a Benefit Corporation (B-Corp) dedicated to increasing the flourishing of individuals, organizations and communities worldwide. She is the creator of the acclaimed Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program, which has trained more than 700 practitioners to date.

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Katie Holloran, MA, BCBA

Helping Kids with Special Needs Sleep Better

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • What are common sleep challenges for kids with special needs?
  • How common is it for kids with special needs to be sleep challenged?
  • What are the 3 categories of sleep issues that kids with special needs have?
  • What kind of bedtime routine helps kids with special needs sleep better?
  • What does it mean to back schedule a day?
  • How do you use the Zones of Regulation to help kids with special needs?
  • How do I help my child with night wakings?
  • My child wakes up super early, what do you suggest to help?

Katie Holloran has worked as a teacher, administrator, and consultant in the Washington, DC area since 2000. She works with international families and educational professionals providing achievable strategies for behavior and learning support of children, adolescents, and teenagers.

www.behavioristnextdoor.com

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Howard Bennett, MD

The Best Way to End Bedwetting at Any Age

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • What are the most common questions you get from parents as a pediatrician?
  • What are the statistics on bed wetting age-by-age?
  • Does my child wet his bed on purpose?
  • Should I withhold water so my child doesn’t wet the bed?
  • Should I wake my child up to make them go to the bathroom so they don’t wet the bed?
  • How do I preserve my child’s self-esteem if they are wetting the bed?
  • Is bedwetting a medical condition or a behavioral issue?
  • How does constipation affect bedwetting?
  • When should I take my child to a doctor about bedwetting?
  • Can you give us some solutions to implement at home to help with my child’s bedwetting?

Dr. Howard Bennett is a pediatrician with 35 years of clinical experience. He has contributed medical advice columns for Parents MagazineContemporary Pediatrics, iParenting.com and HealthyChildren.org and has provided online pediatric content for GreatDad.com.

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Maryann Jacobsen, MS, RD

Better Nutrition leads to Better Sleep

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • How does what my child eats affect their sleep?
  • Why shouldn’t we call junk food “junk”?
  • What are the biggest mistakes we make as parents when feeding our school-age kids?
  • How do we get kids to be more mindful eaters?
  • What is “meal memory” and how do we use it to feed our kids?
  • How do family dinners affect sleep?
  • How do we help our kids with picky eating?

Maryann Jacobsen, MS, RD, is a family nutrition expert and independent author. She has written several books on feeding children including From Picky to PowerfulWhat to Cook for Dinner with Kids and How to Raise a Mindful Eater.

www.maryannjacobsen.com

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Charlotte Reznick, PhD

Visualization and Meditation for Any Child

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • How did your experience in urban Los Angeles lead you to your work?
  • What’s your powerful meditation technique that takes less than a minute to do?
  • How do you change the language for a child versus a teen to have them buy into meditating?
  • What magic question can I ask my child to make them interested in using sleep tools?
  • Once I get my child’s buy-in, what’s the multi-step process to help them sleep better?

Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D. is a foremost authority on how to engage with and develop mindfulness, meditation, and imagination in children, teens, and young adults. Dr. Reznick was named Imagery International’s Person of the Year in 2013 for the global impact of her work with children.

www.imageryforkids.com

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Jeanne-Marie Paynel, M.Ed

BONUS! Montessori & Positive Discipline for Better Sleep

During this interview, you’ll get the answers to these questions:

  • What is the Montessori philosophy?
  • How can I translate some of the successful Montessori philosophies to my home?
  • What is a flow state and how do I facilitate it?
  • What is positive discipline and how can it help my child sleep?
  • What is Alderian psychology?
  • What Montessori principles apply to sleep?
  • What are your other go-to sleep tools?

Jeanne-Marie Paynel, founder and CEO of Voila Montessori, is a Montessori Parenting Mentor and Home Consultant. She guides expectant parents, caregivers and parents of young children on how to prepare their homes for their children to thrive during the first years of life.

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18 experts share their best tools to help your kids get a better night's sleep. 

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