Irene Gouge
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Welcome to Loving Lessons Pediatric Sleep Consulting and Educational Growth Center! Many parents ask "are you a cry-it-out proponent or family bed advocate?  Do I have to stop breastfeeding to sleep coach my child, do I have to choose between two camps:  cosleeping/no crying or crib/cry-it-out?"  You do not have to pick a camp; this isn't about right or wrong.  It's about working for you and your family.  It is true that the CIO method and Starker Extinction Methods can work well and a bit faster than gentler methods IF you as the parent can follow through consistently for long enough. 


The Gentle Sleep Coach philosophy was developed by Kim West LCSW-C aka "The Sleep Lady", because she found so many parents had  difficulty following through with a sleep coaching program that they feared will damage their child emotionally or filled them with so much guilt that they couldn't follow through.  The GSC approach is a gentler alternative for families who emotionally or philosophically resist letting their babies cry it out:  for families who tried "Ferber" (controlled crying) and it didn't work, and for families who let their baby cry-it-out earlier but now find it doesn't help.  It is also for families who believe in co-sleeping but find that their children aren't really sleeping all that well, even nestled snugly with their parents.  Or for families who did co-sleep for a few months to a few years and now want the family bed to revert back to a marital one.


Can you guarantee "no crying" you might ask?  No, no one really can.  For example, if you as the parent have taught your child that the way to fall asleep is to be held to sleep for all naps, bedtime and wakings and you decide that you want to change this; your child will naturally protest or resist this change.  After all, they don't know why you have changed your approach.  If your child is pre-verbal then they will cry.  My goal is have as little crying as possible.  I encourage parents to be loving and responsive but to allow the child the room to learn this vital life skill of putting themselves to sleep.  The parent responds and stays with their child and offers physical and verbal reassurance without putting the child to sleep.  This supports the development of a secure attachment between parent and child.


I will work with you to create an individualized, step-by-step sleep plan that will factor in your parenting philosophy, your child's age, health and temperament, mother's well-being and the related family dynamics.  And most importantly, I will support and coach you through the process from beginning to end - for night sleep and naps!



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Gentle Sleep Success Workshop
Sunday, October 7, 2012
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Gentle Sleep Success Sleep Workshop- for Mom & Dad Recommended for 6 months- 6 years olds Workshop is limited to 10 tired families
•Education on sleep basics •Tips for sleep success based on age •Review of client history and sleep logs •Age appropriate nap and wake up techniques •Techniques to help your child independently go back to sleep •A personalized gentle sleep plan based on your family's individual case history & desired goals •Coaching modules to help you work through your sleep plan with support •Routines & schedules to fit your family rhythms •Tips and Strategies for your parenting toolbox •Possible pitfalls you might encounter and how to successfully deal with them •3 -20 minute follow up calls or up to 1hour of my time and email support to problem solve, adjust, and/or modify the sleep plan used within 3 weeks of your workshop •Review recent sleep logs •Collaborate and problem solve to create out of the box gentle solutions on a case by case for your family •Unlimited access to the Loving Lessons Sleeping and Parenting Community on Facebook •Workshop will be recorded for those unable to
The 5 things that kept your child from sleeping last night
Thursday, September 27, 2012
9:00 PM to 9:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Learn what 5 things are holding your child back from a great night of sleep and what you can do to change that in your home.
Loving Connections, Secure Attachments-Elementary and Beyond
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
9:30 PM to 10:00 PM (Eastern Time)
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use techniques to instill positive, healthy behaviors that will continue to build the relationship of trust and security in the comfort of your home. Can’t make it to the scheduled time of the workshop? No problem- once you are registered for the designated workshop you will receive a recording and access to all the materials shared in the session. The Loving Connections, Secure Attachments will help parents learn and answer your questions about:
The number one secret to good sleep and easy parenting •Build trust and security- no programs or extra stuff •How to become intentional and have quality interactions with your child every day •How to start ongoing conversations with your child •What can I do or say so my child will always talk to me and come to me when they have a problem? •How to build in “quality time ins” without adding to your day •Strategies and tips you can implement immediately •How to defuse potentially difficult situations such as tantrums and power struggles throughout your day Parents will learn about expected behaviors by age and a wide range of ways to solve common issues. Fewer battles, better listening, restful sleep, more peace! Discover the secret ingredient for a lifelong connection with your child to enjoy the parenting journey!
Loving Connections, Secure Attachments-the first six years
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
8:30 PM to 9:00 PM (Eastern Time)
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use techniques to instill positive, healthy behaviors that will continue to build the relationship of trust and security in the comfort of your home. Can’t make it to the scheduled time of the workshop? No problem- once you are registered for the designated workshop you will receive a recording and access to all the materials shared in the session. The Loving Connections, Secure Attachments will help parents learn and answer your questions about:
•The number one secret to good sleep and easy parenting •Build trust and security- no programs or extra stuff •How to become intentional and have quality interactions with your child every day •How to start ongoing conversations with your child •What can I do or say so my child will always talk to me and come to me when they have a problem? •How to build in “quality time ins” without adding to your day •Strategies and tips you can implement immediately •How to defuse potentially difficult situations such as tantrums and power struggles throughout your day Parents will learn about expected behaviors by age and a wide range of ways to solve common issues. Fewer battles, better listening, restful sleep, more peace! Discover the secret ingredient for a lifelong connection with your child to enjoy the parenting journey!
The Truth about Sleep- The First 6 years
Monday, July 9, 2012
9:00 PM to 9:45 PM (Eastern Time)
This session will cover healthy sleep habits, the importance of creating a secure attachment, and misconceptions about sleep. You will learn the 5 things that are holding your child back from getting a good night of rest.
I like to meet parents where they are in their parenting journey, share sleep education, answer questions, and help lay a healthy sleep foundation for their child so that they may grow into great sleepers and have academic success!
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