Karen’s confidence, knowledge and kindness were clear the second she arrived. Her Parental Presence technique was kind yet firm and Charlie realised within minutes that change was happening. It took us that week of working with him to alter his diet, massage his routine and teach him how to link sleep cycles but Karen was right: our Christmas present – the best present ever – was a night of uninterrupted sleep. It was hard work: Charlie fought the change, wanting the five star treatment of us being near every time he woke. When he started to sleep more and better, he was a changed boy. He was relaxed, curious about the world, happy and ravenous. The more he ate, the more energy he had for play and the more he played, the more he slept. Suddenly we were out of a vicious cycle of sleep deprivation and into a happy cycle of being a more relaxed family, able to enjoy each other and nurture everyone’s needs.
The list of people and organisations who couldn’t help us is long. The single person who changed everything for us is Karen.