Time Change & Sleep Issues
I love fall - the cooler weather, when the leaves change color and I get an extra hour of sleep. But as a parent, I dread my kids waking up too early.
If you missed my Facebook posts in the past 2 weeks where I have been reminding you to start putting your child down 15min later and holding off their wake time later by the same amount to help them adjust to the time change then keep reading.
Here are some tips to help your lil one through the transition.
1. Put your child to bed at their normal bedtime on Saturday night.
2. Your child will likely wake up at their normal time (6:30am), but the clock will say (5:30 am). Your brain will say uck! Go ahead and get them up, they don’t know about daylight savings time, but you can keep it low key for 30-60min until you are ready to start your day.
3. If your child is less than 3 years old and still naps then stretch him as close as you can to his normal 1st nap time (using the current clock). Using the example above, your child woke at 5.30 am (new time), if he would normally nap 2 ½ hours later or 8am (on the new time), start his nap at 9am. Water play is a great wake to keep any kiddo awake!
If you think your child can’t make it to the full hour, split the difference pushing the morning nap 30min or if that is too much, push the 1st nap 15-20mins, every 3 days until the new time is reached.
4. From this point forward, follow your usual schedule as close as possible. Move meals, the rest of his naps(s) and bedtime using the new clock time.
5. The next few mornings, they may wake up a little early, but don’t let them start the day before 6am (new clock) and the adjustment shouldn’t take more than a week.
If your child has outgrown napping, you will still move meals and bedtime routine to the new times (or as close as you can without letting them get overtired).
If your child had too late of a bedtime before the time change, here is your chance to move it earlier without too much fuss. The ideal bedtime for a child is between 7 and 8 pm. So if your lil ones nite-nite time was too late, don’t move it later! Put them to bed at the new time of 7 or 8pm.
Michelle is a Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Certified Gentle Sleep Coach who offers parents a gentle and loving approach to their sleep problems. Through her years as a therapist, a mother and a sleep coach, Michelle’s approach offers tired parents an alternative to the cry it out method. Her proven solutions are medically and developmentally appropriate and look at all aspects of your child to gently get them the sleep that is so important to the entire family.
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For 2012 the maximum adoption credit per eligible child is $12,650, down from $13,360 in 2011. The credit is no longer refundable and must be used as a credit against tax liability. In general, the credit is based on the reasonable and necessary expenses related to a legal adoption, including adoption fees, court costs, attorney's fees, and travel expenses. Special needs adoptions are eligible for the full credit regardless of whether expenses are qualified.
In order to claim the credit however, your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) must be less than $229,710. This credit is set to expire on December 31, 2012, but can be carried forward over the next five additional years until the credit is used up or the time limit expires. Moving forward, in 2013 domestic adoptions of special needs children are eligible for a tax credit of $6,000.
If you adopted a child this year, or are planning to adopt a special needs child in 2013, you may be eligible for this credit. Additionally, if you adopted a child in 2010 or 2011 and didn't claim the refundable credit, you may be able to file an amended return. Be sure to contact us if you need assistance. We are here to help.
Join me in welcoming the newest addition to our Cape Cod Mommies Advisor Team: Tracy Lamperti, LMHC, BCETS! We look forward to her blogs and expertise!!!
Tracy holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has a private practice in Orleans. Tracy is committed to helping to strengthen marriages and families who in turn contribute to a healthy and safe community. She provides psychotherapy to all ages, offers educational services such as parenting support, sexual abuse prevention and safety training, and consultation services for tough community issues. Tracy is married with two children and has lived most of her life on Cape Cod.
Tracy Lamperti has always valued prevention of family, personal and social issues and as such, has enhanced the number of professional offerings over the last few years to include a variety of trainings and workshops. These offerings are mostly centered around safety trainings, prevention of crimes against
children and adults, parenting issues and sexual integrity for youth and adults.
Tracy Lamperti, LMHC, BCETS
dba Lamperti Counseling & Consultation
57 Route 6A
Orleans, MA 02653
Bachelor of Psychology
Master of Counseling Psychology
Mental Health Counselor, LIC #4195
1996-2002 Massachusetts Licensed Social Worker #3027123
Authorized Facilitator, Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children
Authorized Trainer, National Rifle Association's, Refuse to Be a Victim
Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress
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Early Childhood Education
American Association of Christian Counselors
New Life Counseling Ministries
American Association of Experts in Traumatic Stress
After reading about the recent devastation and heart breaking stories from Hurricane Sandy, I hugged the Tiny Toddler a little tighter last night. I was again reminded of how lucky and foruntate I was to have survived the storm with just some personal inconvenience. Last night I read a story about a mother who was trying to evacuate (too late) with her two children and the flood waters rushed in. After she removed them from the car, the flood waters were so strong they forced her to lose her grip on her two children and they were taken by the water. My heart breaks for this mother and for all those affected by the storm. As I reflected on this situation last night, I thought about a friend of mine who recently experienced the loss of her aunt's child. At only 2 years old, he lost his battle to cancer a few weeks ago and the family was beyond devastated-how could this brightly smiling little boy be gone? The future moments they envisioned to have with their children were gone instantly. I could tell you more stories that I thought about, t but I think you get the point.
Life is so precious and many time we take for granted that we have our loved ones and especially our little ones with us. We cannot predict the future regardless of what you see on tv or read in books. We cannot know if our children will get sick or if a traffic accident will occur. We live our lives knowing there are thousands of possibilities and outcomes that can happen every single day. We are NOT promised a tomorrow.
As I sat and thought about this again this morning, the Tiny Toddler woke up and started to smile at me, I hugged him a bit tighter, and he told me "I love you mama!". We then went downstairs and had leftover mini apple pies with a small scoop of icecream for breakfast-the Tiny Toddler was beyond thrilled! Yes, I know it is not the best breakfast he could have had (he did later eat a hard boiled egg and yogurt). Sometimes you have to create those special moments because you don't know when you will get them again. So have dessert for breakfast every once in a while, have a silly dance party in the living room, let the kids snuggle with you a little extra at night even if it means you miss your show, etc. Recent events have reminded me to enjoy the little moments to the fullest extent possible and to make it count! So hug your loved ones a little tighter and even though you may be busy, take a moment out of the busy schedule to create something special and out of the ordinary to celebrate life!
What are some little moments you have created?
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