Balancing Attachment and Sleep with Adopted Kids
For the Very Active Child
Some kids are whirling dervishes during their every waking moment and the only time they have to slow down and think is at night. Then those thoughts can be scary and overwhelming. For these very active kiddos you may need to create an opportunity during the day to slow down enough to allow them to become accustomed to processing thoughts and to give them an opportunity to do it during the safer daytime hours.
The Trick is Your Belief
The reality is that often the real problem is our belief that our child is not capable of learning to sleep by themselves. Parents must believe that their child can fall asleep and stay asleep before the child will believe it.
Our partners at Creating a Family1 have many resources related to sleep issues with adopted children, including the radio show Sleep Issues with Adopted Kids2, from which much of this information was gleaned.
Additionally, this resource, from NACAC3 and written by Dr. Bruce Perry, Supporting Maltreated Children: Countering the Effects of Neglect and Abuse4, offers an overview of how neglect and abuse affect the child’s development and how you can act to bring healing for your child.
1 Creating a Family: http://www.creatingafamily.org/
2 Sleep Issues with Adopted Kids: https://creatingafamily.org/adoption-category/sleep-issues-adopted-kids/
3 NACAC: https://www.nacac.org/
4 Supporting Maltreated Children: Countering the Effects of Neglect and Abuse: https://www.nacac.org/resource/supporting-maltreated-children/