by Chanie Kirschner, Mother Nature Network
Parents of young children, I'm sure you've had a long, bumpy road. I imagine you start the bedtime routine at 7, at which time you begin coaxing your young child to undress and get in the bath. The process ends sometime after 9 p.m., at which point you wake up next to your child bleary-eyed, wondering how long you've been lying there next to him because he insists you lie down with him every night when he goes to bed. Am I right?
If this scenario sounds familiar, you are not alone. Know that countless other parents are going through what you're going through. Also know that developing good sleep habits is like developing good tooth-brushing habits - it takes time for your child to get there, but once he does, it's second nature.
A great book to read is "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Dr. Marc Weissbluth. In it, he discusses all sorts of sleeping problems, from apnea to night terrors. Though much of the book focuses on