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My son is awake for long periods at night and cries if I don’t hold him.

In the past two months my 18-month-old has been waking up two or three times each night and crying. I must carry him in my arms to stop his crying and he becomes very angry and anxious when I try … Continue reading

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Is there an alternative to sleeping pills for my daughter’s insomnia?

My 16-year-old daughter has severe insomnia. She doesn’t sleep at all for days in a row and this adds up on to her already huge anxiety. How can I help her, besides getting her a prescription for sleeping pills? Insomnia is common … Continue reading

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How do I get my five-year-old to sleep in her own bed?

How do I get my five-year-old to sleep in her own bed? First of all, you have to make it a clear expectation. Second, you can set up a reward system. Every time she stays in her own bed, you … Continue reading

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My son wakes up screaming at the same time every night. Is it an act?

My son is almost two, he is smart and a delight to be around. He naps at daycare on a mat and when I put him in his crib at night he goes right to sleep. Between 11:00 p.m. and … Continue reading

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I know Christmas should be a happy time but it fills me with dread.

I know I should be looking forward to Christmas with my husband and children. My son (age 1) and daughter (age 4) are very excited about Christmas but I just think of Christmas with dread. I had a difficult childhood … Continue reading

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My daughter is masturbating at school and to get herself to sleep.

My eight-year-old daughter is masturbating, when she is tired or right before she goes to bed.  It happened before when she was five, at which time I talked to her about it. She stopped. And now I have noticed she … Continue reading

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How can we transition our son to an earlier bedtime?

My son, who is currently two-and-a-half, was born with a serious heart conditon, Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. The trouble we are having is a sleep issue. Because of his heart, we have always been afraid to let him cry for … Continue reading

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I don’t want to lose my daughter. I need help now.

I am desperate to find help for my 15-year-old daughter who suffers from ADHD and who I now believe is severely depressed. She is lashing out in anger at everyone around her including teachers, police, parents.  She is rude, ignorant, does not … Continue reading

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When is the right time to move a child from crib to bed?

We are thinking it is time to move our two-year-old son from the crib to the bed but I am worried that we will be engaged in bedtime battles. Our bedtime includes having a bath, reading stories for ten minutes, … Continue reading

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My nine-year-old daughter has a lot of trouble falling asleep.

Our daughter, who will be ten this fall, has always had difficulty falling asleep (other than in infancy). This is despite regular routine, calming activities, lack of distractions, etc. We have tried various relaxation strategies without success. She is now … Continue reading

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