Toddler Sleep Disruptions During a Family Crisis
After losing her sister April, our daughter Caroline was having a tough time getting to bed. She's had 45 consecutive nights of coming out, throwing fits, and simply not listening to any of the bedtime expectations that she's done her entire life.
Here's what we're doing and what has helped.
Sleep & Behavioral Disruptions- Making a Big Change to Get Back on Track
We are getting back on track. We made a big change and it is helping a lot with Caroline's behavior issues.
A Tree For April
This act of planting a memorial tree in April's honor, was INCREDIBLY healing for our 2.5 year old. I was so surprised.
2 Books to Help Your Child Get Through The Loss of a Baby
These books have been invaluable to us for managing Caroline's grief. She was 2.5 when her sister, April, died. These books helped her tremendously then and she really identified with them. At 4.5 years old she still asks to read these books.
They are both neutral and do not impose religious views. They are written with kids in mind, and both come recommended by a child life specialist at Hopkins.
Am I Going To Die On My Birthday?
3 months after April was born and died, Caroline was about to turn 3. She stunned me when she asked the question, "am I going to die tomorrow?" Our almost 3 year old was terrified that, since April had died on her birthday, she would too. It's so amazing how children's minds work.
"I Have a Sister. She's Dead."
"Are you having a little brother or a little sister?"
"Both. We already have April. She's dead. And next it's a little brother"