Because I spend so much time with sleep deprived parents (and because I used to be one myself) I’m all too familiar with the guilt, defensiveness and sometimes even shame that can go along with having a child that doesn’t sleep. It’s no wonder! Parents are bombarded daily with information about what to do and what not to do when it comes to their child’s sleep. For some parents, the pressure from pediatricians, family and friends to “fix” things becomes so intense that they end up lying about their child’s sleep just to avoid having to listen to everyone tell them what they’re doing wrong and what they should be doing instead.
In defense of all of sleep deprived parents….