Challenge: Sleep issues of 5-10 year old children in chinese family
In China, children usually sleep independently around age 5 - 10 because of attachment parenting, whereas children in US start to sleep independently since infant age. Bedtime time resistance appear to be a prevalent sleep problem for children who go through the transition from sleeping with parents to sleeping on their own. When going through this phase, many families face the following chanlenges:
1. High consumption of energy and time for parents
2. Bad sleep habits for children
3. Low independency of children
I interviewed mothers that have kids ranging from 2-11 year old, a kindergarten teacher, and people with young siblings.
"Sometimes, she listen to my friends more than me just because they are not a family member."
"It’s easy to trick my little sister, because she believe in things that she couldn’t understand for now."
"I don’t like the type of products that combine sleep trainer and baby monitor, because they do not encourage communication between me and my son."
"I believe attachment parenting is not good for children’s independency. I try to cultivate good sleep routine and habits to my daughters when they are young, so that they will be persistent to it."