Help your children experience the power of self-calming and self-soothing, in achievable small steps.
I was looking through old pictures the other day, and found one of my daughter going to sleep on the floor of her room with her head at the threshold of her door, and her dad lying on the floor in the hallway with his head on the other side of the threshold. Prior to seeing that picture, I had forgotten about that achievable step towards her learning to self-calm and self-soothe. My memories are of my hand inside one of their cribs, which evolved into my coming to their bedroom door, putting my arm and closed fingers over the threshold, then expanding my five fingers, indicating that I’d be back to do that again in five minutes. We parents read ideas, try, adapt, and find our way. This was about sleep. It is true for all the skills of calming and soothing.