Episode #15: Overcoming Your Child’s Sleep Disruption (When Moving from the City to the Suburbs) with Valerie Groysman

Are you feeling stress about your recent move, and are wondering if this could be at the root of what’s causing your child’s interrupted sleep? There is a definite link between the anxiety we feel and big life changes such as a move from the city to the suburbs, and today’s guest shares her expertise and practical advice for overcoming these obstacles that many families will face.

Valerie Groysman, MSW, RSW, is the founder of Talkin Sleep. In addition to her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Valerie obtained her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in children and their families. She completed her MSW practicum at the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health, where she trained as a child and family therapist focused on children 0 to 6 years of age and their parents.

Valerie accomplished numerous training and certificates on topics such as infant child mental health, parenting, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Attachment Focused Therapies, to name a few. She has extensive experience supporting parent-child relationships, children’s social, emotional, and behavioral health, as well as treating anxiety symptoms in children and adults. Valerie is certified in the Baby-Led Sleep approach designed to get sleep without sleeping training or crying it out.

As Valerie shares, routines and sleep patterns will shift all the time, especially when making the move from the city to the suburbs. It’s important for us as parents to trust our intuition and to provide the environment that will help our children manage the changes that are disrupting their sleep, for the wellbeing of the family as a whole. Most importantly, there isn’t a “one size fits all approach” to your child’s sleep, but rather it’s what will work for you and your family.

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • Valerie’s personal experience and what led her to do the work that she does today

  • Why having parents trust their intuition about their child is at the core of her approach

  • The importance of understanding your child’s cues and then getting in tune with them

  • What may be required to do if your baby is sleeping a lot during the day

  • The role that our own emotions will have on our child’s sleep, and what we can do to minimize the impact

  • Valerie’s tips and advice for navigating a child’s sleep struggles due to a change in time zones from a move

  • Her thoughts on the “crying it out” method, and how the pandemic has affected the routines of many families

  • Things we can do in our homes to provide the most supportive environment for our child’s sleep, and so much more