Sleep – Glorious Sleep, Luxurious Sleep, Mysterious Sleep

Sleep – Glorious Sleep, Luxurious Sleep, Mysterious Sleep

Good sleep is as fundamental to a happy life as love and good food. But a “good sleep” can be more elusive. A tasty meal or a big hug – that’s easy, if you are close to home. But even in your own bed, a good night’s sleep can evade you.

My teenage kids marvel that I was able to give them hugs at all during my child-bearing years. “Mom, you were with babies and without a good night’s sleep for eleven years straight!” they tease.

Now I marvel at their need to sleep long, long hours.

Humanity is just beginning to understand the science of sleep. And it is mysterious and fascinating.

According to sleep expert Dr. Neil Stanley, teens really do need 9 – 9 ½ hours sleep each night. Not getting that during the school week could account for teenage surliness. Stanley also believes that teens would be wise to follow these additional rules too:

1. An hour before bed, relax. Shower, read a book for fun (a school book doesn’t count!) or spend time with family.

2. Limit exciting activities 1-2 hours before bedtime.

3. Limit light an hour before bed, including TV, cell phones and computers.

4. Raise the shades to rise and shine. Sunlight in the morning helps awaken the body and mind.

You can learn more to help you or the ones you love find a better night’s sleep by joining Dr. Stanley, Chicago Luxury Beds and Make It Better for:

Sleep Myths: Debunking cultural perceptions of sleep & the secrets to a great night of sleep at any age!

Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2 pm at A. Perry Homes
564 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka.

Space is limited, RSVP here.


Good Sibling Relationships – A Building Block Of Success

Want a better world?  Nurture a better family.

During our conversation yesterday, Harvard psychologist and professor Howard Gardner declared that one of the most common traits of highly successful individuals is good sibling relationships.

So, if you want to raise a future leader, the best thing you can do is make sure your child knows how to get along with his or her brothers and sisters.

How sweet is this? A win for your family also equals a win for the world.

Legacy To My Sons And Daughters

To My Sons and Daughters,

I love you enormously and I am very proud of each of you.

Please hold that thought top of mind and deep in your soul. You are my greatest legacy to this world.

If I die tomorrow, and even if I don’t, please remember the following as my mothering legacy to you (and forget all the times I lost my patience…):

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