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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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).

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...

Sleep Regression? What is it?

Sleep Regressions are talked about a great deal when talking about infant or child sleep. If you speak to a parent with a young child and you mention the word regression you will most likely see a look of fear in their eyes. Honestly, I feel that these regressions are...

Bored much??

Before you whisk your little one off to have a nap stop to see if she is bored. Yes, you read that correctly!! Babies can get bored. Let's put this into perspective. Our little ones are little humans and all humans (big or small) can get bored. Yes, you try to provide...

“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...
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