For the Love of Sleep

Sleep deprivation got you down? Need some strategies to help your little one sleep better? Brenda understands (she’s been there) and with her gentle teaching methods you will both be sleeping soundly in the near future.

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Want to be the best parent you can, but need a little help? Learn tips and ideas suited to your parenting style.

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Help your child get the sleep they need. I can help you increase your child’s ability to sleep longer using a gentle caring manner.

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Access additional information for various age groups plus participate in our parenting forum. Connect with other parents and Brenda online.

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I, Brenda McSween, am the very proud mother of a wonderful young man and the extra caring adult (aka stepmom) to two wonderful young adult males. When I became a mom I was floored at all the conflicting information that is available to parents. It became my mission to help others find the best solutions to their parenting concerns. My dream of being a Parent Advisor became a reality and Parenting Foundations was born.

I have over 20 years of professional experience working with children and families and hold a Bachelors of Child Studies Degree from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I am passionate about helping parents navigate through the wonderful adventure of raising children. In 2013, I became a Pediatric Sleep Consultant. I felt the training would add to my skill set and give parents a choice of how they teach their children to sleep effectively.

I am a firm believer that there is often more than one way to do things and that offering choices empowers parents to do what suits them and their families the best. I sift through the massive amounts of information available and offer suggestions to enhance your parenting style and/or your ability to help your child sleep.  My goal is to help parents feel they are making the best parenting and sleep choices for themselves and their child(ren).

“The Most Wonderful Time of Year”??

Not 100% sure I would call it the "Most Wonderful Time of Year"!! The malls are full of people bustling about. Children are bouncing off the walls with excitement. Parents are trying their best to make this a happy time adding pressure to their already busy times....

Parenting: Let the Raw Feelings Happen

This is a bit of a raw feelings post for me. Every once and awhile I will post about things I am experiencing. I feel that this post is necessary so you see that things happen to all of us. Our little man has entered into a whole new world this year. He is in...

Dreams: Talking to Kids About the Good, Bad and Ugly Ones

Dreams can be wonderful and downright terrifying! It can be very difficult to explain to children that dreams are not real. Even as adults sometimes it can be very hard to shake off a bad dream. First lets, chat about what a dream is Dreams are thoughts that occur...

Parenting Styles: Mindful Parenting

Mindful Parenting is a parenting style that is gaining in popularity and understanding. In order to understand this parenting style, I will first talk about what it means to be mindful. Mindfulness is a practice that has been going on for many years. It has gained...

Sleep Teaching: Why is this so hard??

Sleep Teaching or Sleep Training can be very frustrating. I received the following note from a member a few weeks ago: "This is not going well. Twice we were able to do the drowsy but awake but last night he wasn’t going on that crib for anything. Such a fight....

Daylight Savings: Coming to an End!

Daylight Savings is coming to an end on November 5, 2017. The clocks will fall back. We will get to sleep in for an hour!!! Back to reality...Before I had a child, I got to sleep in. Now it just messes with our lovely schedule 🙁 There are a few different ways you can...

Crying, an Alternative Perspective

When we here a child crying it can send anyone into "we must fix this" mode. This is very evident when a baby cries. Often a baby's caregiver will jump into action trying to find out why the baby is crying. For an infant, this is their main way to communicate with...

Add a Little Fun to Your Day with Rituals

We have all heard of the importance of routines and schedules. Routines and schedules provide children with the understanding of what is coming next and what is to be expected. These are both very important parts of a child's day. Now let's add a little fun to your...

3 Magic Little Words

Do you ever feel like there is so much going on that you do not know where to start or that you will never get things accomplished? This can be the start of major overwhelm! And guess what???.... THIS IS A NORMAL FEELING! Many people go through this and it can be...

Proud he calls me “Mom”

I read an article that struck me. The article is from Baltimore's Best Mix 1065FM it is titled "Trendy Moms Don't Want to Be Called "Mom" Anymore, They Want to Be Called This". I was like "Hell No, I am proud he calls me Mom!" This brought a whole lot of emotion...

Back to School: Safe Place to Land

Back to school season is upon us. Some children are already back to school and some are preparing for this adventure to begin! This can be a huge adjustment for our precious little ones. Often our little ones do not have the words to express their worries, questions,...

Back to School Sleep Tip

It is that time of the year where our little ones are preparing to go to school or go back to school. The first thing I get a number of questions about is how to get your child prepared to get the amount of sleep he needs each night. When summer hits we often fall off...

Pacifier: The Real Deal

A pacifier  (aka soother, dummy, sucky, etc) can be a blessing and a curse at the same time. The sucking reflex is a very calming for many children. It is a very natural thing. Children come out of the womb with the ability to suck and they love it!! Many of you may...

Schedule versus Wake Time

I often get asked by families when is it appropriate to have a set schedule (also referred to "By the clock" or BTC). There are so many factors to consider. It is very hard to state "by age ___ you should have a set schedule". What are the factors to consider when...
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