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Gentle Ways To Help Your Child Sleep Through the NIght
One of the biggest challenges a new parent faces is with a child who won't sleep. Here are a few gentle ways to help them that don't involve crying it out.
When our children misbehave it can be very frustrating. Step away and take some deep relaxing breathes. Once you are calm then you can approach your child and discuss their conflict. Ask them about how they are feeling and what caused the problem. Most important is that you listen to them, don’t judge and respect their feelings. #parenting #quotes
“Recent research conducted at the University of North Texas clearly reveals that the cortisol levels of babies left alone to CIO remain at unnaturally high levels even days after they learn to stop crying/cuing for help. However, the cortisol levels of mothers — which register as abnormally high when their babies cry — return to normal levels in the silence. At this point, mothers and babies are no longer biologically in sync. The mothers assume all is well; they interpret their babies’ silence as proof that their little ones have learned to self-soothe. Yet, physiologically babies can’t self-soothe. Rather, CIO teaches them to panic silently and detach from those whom nature intends for them to trust”.
But science, suspicion, and setting aside, at a fundamental level I think I am not supposed to leave my baby alone to cry, because God in his infinite mercy does not leave me alone to cry either. "I cried out to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy mountain." "In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me." "Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I." Scripture paints the picture: we cry out to God, and he answers us. He delivers us from distress. He doesn't leave us bawling alone in the dark, reassuring us that this is, in fact, for our good. He doesn't pat our back with less frequency each night, timing his intervals, until we learn that our crying will not bring him back to us. He never leaves us in the first place. When we cry, he's right there.