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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PF Members enjoy a sense of community through online forums and additional advice from Brenda.

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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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Brenda McSween

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).

Safety: Everyday Items

Here is a quick video to demonstrate how you can use some household items to improve the safety around your house.

Safety: Have we gone too far?

This month I am going to focus on how we can keep our kids safe. Before I get into that I wanted to begin with a post about how we can and have taken some things a bit too far regarding safety.   If you sit back and watch a group of young children there will be a...

Transitions: From Crib to Bed

One of the biggest transitions for our toddler and preschool aged children is the move from the crib to a big bed. This can be a very interesting (aka difficult) transition. Let's put this into perspective. Your little person is used to being in a crib which restricts...

Transitions: What are they and how can you help?

What exactly is a transition in respect to children? A transition is when you are moving from one activity to another or when there is a big change in your little one's world. Basically, it means you could be having 10 to 20 transitions a day. Some children do...

Dealing with the Unexpected

Children (like most humans) are creatures of habit. When something unexpected happens it can throw things upside down in their little world. Children, especially young children, will struggle to discuss the changes that happened but you will know they are affected by...

Dad: Is he babysitting?

Is he babysitting??? (insert my scrunched up "are you serious" face) When our son is not with me, I have been asked if his Dad was at home babysitting? Excuse me while I rant for a minute or two…     No, he is not babysitting. He is parenting! Why does this drive me...

Let Them Get Messy!!!

A scene that I see being played out over and over again is when little ones are exploring or eating with a parent right on top of the child cleaning up after them. It drives me bonkers sometimes! I get that there are people that are really fearful of germs; however,...

Dream Feed: To Recommend or Not?

As with all things related to babies, there are many opinions about a dream feed. This post is based on my experience; however, I realize it may not be the same experience for you. Lets first start with the basics...   What exactly is a dream feed? A dream feed is...

Night Waking: How do I respond??

Your little one has been sleeping for an hour or more and now appears to be waking up... Now What??? Before you feel like running out the door there is a way to respond that may assist your little one with getting back to sleep in a timely fashion (in some cases 🙂 )....

Sleep Sack: Is it really necessary?

There are so many different gadgets and things available for infants and toddlers now that is can be overwhelming as a parent. You may find yourself asking...Is this really necessary? Is a sleep sack something that is needed or not?? If you are reading this as a new...

Separation Anxiety: When “I will be back” is not good enough

Does this sound familiar... You are super excited to go out. Your little one starts to scream when you are getting ready. You begin to doubt yourself. You start to think it would be so much easier to just stay home. Or what about this... Your child is enrolled in a...

Have I ruined my child’s sleep?

I will often get asked if a child's sleep is now ruined because a parent had to sleep with the child or had to offer more support. There are times when my little man puts things into a perspective way better than I can. Last night he was struggling with going to...

Sensory Play: Let them Smell, Touch, Hear, Taste and See

There are a number of sensory play ideas that can be found on Pinterest or by following a number of different Facebook pages/groups. What is the big deal and really who has time for this??? When our little man was an infant or toddler, I often beat myself thinking I...

Need Your Help!!!

I would love your feedback on when we should have the next call in. All active members are entitled to attend the call in. The reason for the call in is to give you a chance to ask any questions that you have about your child or to do with parenting. Here are the...
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