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Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping With a Partner

Your Bed or Mine? The Struggle of Sleeping With a Partner

People who struggle with insomnia face many challenges, and one of the biggest can be adapting their sleep issues when they sleep with a bed partner. A 2017 German study evaluated whether or not sleeping location affected sleep quality in dating couples. They discovered that male partners tend to sleep better when they sleep with...

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Self-Control Games For Children

Self-Control Games For Children

I will never forget the first day when I picked my son up from daycare. He was just over 5 months old, and they had him sitting in a wooden box that was covered in carpet. I was totally confused by this set-up when the daycare teacher informed me that they were having him practice...

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Business Skills for Better Family Relationships

Business Skills for Better Family Relationships

When I work with families, I like to view them as a small business. Family is a business that has a top-down culture, meaning the founders of the business have the majority say in its values and missions, but are also tasked with the clarity of these values and missions. We can identify the parental...

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Sleep Across Childhood: Adolescence

Sleep Across Childhood: Adolescence

ADOLESCENCE As mentioned in the last blog entry, we are charging right into adolescence. I like to view the middle school years as almost a “sweet spot” where sleep is concerned- many of our elements of behavioral insomnia and parasomnias are outgrown, and many of the psychological factors affecting adolescent sleep have only started to...

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Sleep Across Childhood: Elementary School

Sleep Across Childhood: Elementary School

As children enter the school years, we start to see a reduction in some of the behavioral sleep disorders. For many children, there are great surges in the ability to regulate emotions and self soothe. Sleep in this age group becomes more distinct and the pattern of sleep is much more reflective of adult sleep-...

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Sleep Across Childhood: Preschoolers

Sleep Across Childhood: Preschoolers

When I think about sleep in preschoolers, there are several important topics that come to mind: increased independence, bedtime fears, parasomnias, and elimination of naps. The preschool years encompass ages 3-5, and this represents a time of increased cognitive complexity in children. They start to develop theories about how things happen in the world and...

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Sleep Across Childhood: Toddlers

Sleep Across Childhood: Toddlers

The funny thing about infants is that, just when you feel that you are steady on your feet in this parenting game, they move into a new developmental world of toddlerhood. Your sweet, easy to smile baby has become suspicious of strangers and cries when you leave her. There are many ways to define “toddler”,...

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Sleep Across Childhood: Infants

Sleep Across Childhood: Infants

When working to have your infant sleep well, you have to pay close attention to their sleep onset associations- these are the touch, scent, and sound conditions that are present when they fall asleep. Infants can become entrained to a wide variety of sleep. ONSET ASSOCIATIONS We all know of some families that have been...

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The Death of Prince: Unexpected Addiction

The Death of Prince: Unexpected Addiction

[This article first appeared at Shrink Tank in July 2016] The death of Prince has brought to the forefront a problem that has been plaguing America for at least the past decade: prescription drug abuse and addiction. I actually started to write this blog about a month before Prince died, because of reports from the...

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Can Charisma Be Learned?

Can Charisma Be Learned?

When I was in middle school, I felt certain that traits had to have been genetic gifts. Some people seemed to understand social relationships, and were magically gifted with social skills, whereas I was pretty lacking in that department. It didn’t help that I had moved to a new city and had a terrible haircut,...