Sleep Philosophy

In short, my sleep philosophy is that a child needs adequate sleep to be their absolute best selves. A rested child is a happy, healthy, curious and energetic child who is eager to learn. This isn’t my opinion, it’s a scientific fact. Sleep is not a luxury, it is one of our basic survival needs. We need food, water, shelter, clothing and sleep for our bodies and minds to perform adequately. This is true for all ages. The Sleep Sense Program and Slumber Time Sleep Consulting support these truths and put emphasis on accommodating different parenting styles.


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Education is valuable. I always say “you don’t know what you don’t know”. But my clients *do* know because I teach them. You will know why your child (and yourself) needs sleep, the benefits (short and long term) of restorative sleep and how to achieve the sleep everyone needs. I will become your family’s guide to sleep. I will be your “go-to” for teaching your child the skill of sleeping well.

  • I will give you honest information about why sleep is important.
  • I will create an easy to follow, step-by-step plan that lets you make some choices about the right approach for your child. You know your child best!
  • I will show you how to measure success. No, you shouldn’t expect your child to sleep for 12 hours straight on the first night, although it does happen! I’ll tell you what to expect along the way.

Will my child have to “cry it out?”

I feel it’s important to address this here because it’s often the first thing associated with the words “sleep training”. As with potty training, there are many methods. Imagine if there were only *one* way to do everything we do in our day-to-day lives. There wouldn’t be much use for teachers or specialists because you’d never get to see a differing opinion.

I would dare to say that no parent likes to hear their child cry, no matter their age. Most parents would probably say that they even try to keep their child from crying or attempt to lessen the time they spend crying for any number of reasons. But, children cry. It’s their way of communicating early in life and it’s their way of protesting change. You can expect that as you change your child’s sleeping habits, there will be some amount of protesting involved. You’ll be changing habits that are months or even years ingrained into your child. You will also know that you are doing what’s right and most beneficial to set your child up for sleep success into their adult lives.

The Sleep Sense Method allows for you, the parent, to be involved in the creation of a plan that you are comfortable with. I will absolutely not ever suggest that you leave your child to cry alone, disregard your gut feelings, or ignore your child’s cries.

I would love to answer any questions you have about The Sleep Sense Philosophy or give you the next steps to take toward better, more restorative sleep for your child and your family. I can be reached by email or by phone 336-782-3487.

Jade Smith
Certified Sleep Sense™ Consultant