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Are you and Mum and Dad who also dreads bedtime? Read this book,
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This review is from: What to Do When You Dread Your Bed: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems with Sleep (What to Do Guides for Kids) (Paperback)
We tried this book with out son, who was 7 years old at the time, and we quickly saw improvements, but that didn't mean the issue was sorted as that took a bit longer. Overall it took us/our son 8-12 months of sticking with these techniques to get really great results. Along the way if we had a hiccup, we would go back a step and repeat it, but we didn't give up because we could see it was working even if it seemed a slow process. During that period we also saw a psychologist about our son's bedtime problems he highly endorsed the book.
This all occurred 6 years ago and the reason I give the review now is I think with this type of stuff it takes time, so perhaps that is why there are only10 reviews on the site and it's not because it isn't a good book! When you use a book like this, it can be a few months before you know if it is being effective. I am also giving an update 5 years on as this book helped our son dramatically. And it didn't only help his sleep, but it also dealt with the phobias and fears. Crucially it also helped his confidence because he was distressed and miserable when he had so many fears. Yes it took a year, and it felt like a long year particularly when dealing with doubts about whether it will work, but I can now say with confidence it did work and we have had 5 great years. Occasionally he has blips, but our response and his response are different and so the blip remains just that, and it does not escalate. So we have all learned so much and it is dramatic when compared to where we were 5 years ago.
As mentioned we did this book in conjunction with the author's other book about overcoming anxiety. The author is psychologist and she is a specialist in these issues and works with children, so these materials are child centred. I wholeheartedly recommend Dawn Huebner's books to parents and children.