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I was recently reached out to by a Mum who was struggling with her child’s sleep and was seeking advice and support, in hope to resolve the issues. I had a solid discussion with Mum on some techniques she could use and offered her a plan to start working on resolving the sleep. This Mum had a very strong and accurate understanding of sleep, and to be honest, I was quite impressed with how much she actually knew about sleep. 


After I offered advice around improving sleep, she then started to talk about our Sleep Educators courses. She had been thinking about undertaking our course for some time but hadn’t made a formal decision yet. She explained to me that she really liked our courses and had thought many times about joining our team of students but had come to the decision that she really didn’t know as much about sleep as she thought she did. She proceeded to tell me that since she couldn’t even solve her own child’s sleep, and the fact that the sleep was ‘a mess’, she believed that this career path wasn’t for her. She was questions how she could help others if she couldn’t even help herself. My first response to this Mum was, ‘That is the last reason you shouldn’t do our sleep courses’. 


My whole team of sleep educators and I most definitely did not start out as sleep experts. We were all first-time parents; victims to sleepless children and a sleep-deprived life. We all had absolutely no idea what we were doing with sleep and couldn’t even sort out our own children’s sleep. It was the experience of feeling alone and like there was no help and wanting to know more that drove us to become sleep educators. I explained to this Mum that actually having a personal experience of being a parent to a child with poor sleep habits is a great reason to undertake this course, if sleep consulting is an area of expertise you would like to pursue. If you have a genuine interest in sleep, would like to be on the other side of difficult sleep and help other Mums out there by offering real empathy and guidance, then completing a sleep course and becoming a successful Sleep Educator is definitely something that can be achieved. 


During our conversation, she explained that she didn’t feel confident in her self and suggested that she might even worry once she is qualified that she isn’t even giving the most accurate information. Since she was interested in our Advanced Sleep Educators Course, I explained that the most important thing to know about this course, is that we explain everything you need to know about sleep. It is the most comprehensive course on the market and the mentoring that is including during your training is the most supportive. Not only do we educate you on sleep, we all build your confidence and guide you to become the most successful, confident and knowledgable sleep educator you can be.



Written by Shereen Nielsen


Shereen is a Director and Lecturer at the Institute of Parenting Support Services and Director and Senior Educator at Early Childhood Parenting. She practices in Adelaide, South Australia. She is the mother of two beautiful children. You can reach her at 0419820474 or

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