Podcast Episode 197: How to Fix Your Family’s Sleep

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 197 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to a sleep expert about how parents and kids alike can get better rest at night.

This episode tackles something many of us would like to have in more abundance: sleep. Most of us know we’re likely not getting enough, and we may feel guilty when our kids’ sleep falls short of the recommended amount, too. But it can be challenging to squeeze all of life into more reasonable hours, especially when we’re juggling commutes home from work, pick-ups, extra-curriculars, homework.

My guest, Alanna McGinn, is a respected sleep consultant and founder of Good Night Sleep Site. She and her team have helped countless parents overcome the sleep challenges they’re having with their kids.

Alanna has also recently launched a great new podcast called This Girl Loves Sleep, where she’s dropping all kinds of sleep-related truth bombs to help kids of all ages and their parents to get more shuteye. We talk about the factors in modern family life that encroach on our sleep and how to take concrete steps to bring back bedtime.

Here are some resources related to this episode:

 

Good Night Sleep Site

Good Night Sleep Site podcast

Good Night Sleep Site Facebook Page

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Alanna’s Favourite Parenting Advice

 
“You hear this so much when your kids are young and you’re in the thick of it, and I rolled my eyes at it so many times whenever I heard it, but it’s really and truly “enjoy those moments” – because it really goes by so stinking fast. When you’re in the throes of babyhood, and toddlerhood, and soon I’m going to be in the throes of teenager-hood, it goes by so quick – and I remember rolling my eyes thinking ‘of course, I’m enjoying the moments, of course I’m absorbing everything that has happened’ but now looking back, was I? Did I? I don’t know that I did. So enjoy the moments, because it really does go by so quick. I tell my husband that everytime. ”

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Brandie Weikle

About Brandie Weikle

Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by


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