Meet the Cherished Sleep Team
When you or your child aren’t sleeping well, it can feel like your whole world is falling apart. So, it’s important you feel you can trust the person you hire to help you with this. Lack of sleep puts you at greater risk of depression, anxiety and physical health problems, and if your child is affected, their wellbeing and development is at risk. We don’t take this lightly, and neither should you.
Cherished Sleep started out of necessity. When Kim’s son started having major sleep issues at 7 years of age, it was a struggle to locate the right help, and the lack of sleep almost ripped her marriage apart. It took Kim’s background knowledge, research and persistence to solve that issue, but it also led to a renewed love of sleep and all its benefits. Following the sleep path led Kim to further training overseas, university lectures and continual education as part of a global network of sleep specialists.
As a Sleep professional, Kim has received comprehensive training and mentoring programme with the founder of the Sleep Sense™ system. This training, along with her science degree, health background, and continuing education, means she has the very best tools and knowledge available to help get you and your little ones sleeping well.
Just as parenting takes a village, it takes a team to run Cherished Sleep. We know what it’s like to be at the end of your tether due to lack of sleep (we’ve literally been there), and we’re here to help you solve your family’s sleep woes.
Sleep Specialist & Business Owner
Kim is the founder of Cherished Sleep, Mum to two gorgeous school-age children, and certified Sleep Sense™ consultant. She knows that it’s hard to enjoy your child and really be there for them when you’re exhausted – let alone be your best at work or take care of all your other family and household responsibilities.
Kim’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (BSc), majoring in Psychology and Pharmacology, along with post-graduate Health Science papers, and NZQA certificates in adult education and mental health. Prior to becoming a Sleep Consultant, Kim was a trainer for the NZ Police Emergency Communication Centres, so she is well equipped to help you solve your sleep crisis. These days you’ll also find Kim mentoring new Sleep Consultants as they start up around the world.
If your child isn’t sleeping well, Kim will get you back on track, and help your family get the rest they deserve.
Sleep Admin Support
Anna is our support guru from Marketmybiz.co.nz. She looks after the behind the scenes stuff, such as admin, marketing and website support, so Kim can give her focus to you and your sleep!
Anna has two young kids who keep her on her toes and constantly remind her of the importance of sleep. She also helps run 700 hectares of land in the Tasman Region.
Sleep Translation Services & Sleep Care Assistant
Angela leads the Chinese arm of Cherished Sleep. Having been through a sleep package with her son, she knows what it’s like to be sleep deprived, she’s been through a sleep plan and has come out with better sleep following this!
Angela speaks Mandarin and English. She helps Kim translate Cherished Sleep services as needed and takes calls on Kim’s behalf. While Angela is not yet certified as a sleep consultant, she has sat through many of Kim’s consultations and is familiar with the processes she use’s for infants through to toddlerhood.
If you’d like to work with Angela, there is an extra charge for her services, as we still liaise to ensure you get the full Cherished Sleep VIP service. Angela’s fees are available on request.
Kim’s Spirited Firstborn
Jack is on the team because he led Kim down this sleep path. As Kim’s firstborn child – and a spirited one at that, Jack was born 6+ weeks early and spent his first month in SCBU (the Special Baby Care Unit). He came out early, and he hasn’t stopped since! No joke!
Kim started researching sleep when Jack was a newborn and had his days and nights mixed up (who knew that was a thing!? – it is). This was well before sleep consultants reached New Zealand – and she learnt a lot about sleep, even back then! Jack has a number of learning differences, including dyslexia, ADHD, anxiety and ODD. Sleep comes much harder to these kids than neurotypical children, yet Jack is the reason Kim knows that the right behavioural methods work!
Jack also has environmental allergies and has suffered from sleep apnoea – requiring nasal surgery. Now that he’s older (and more tech savvy than Kim), he’s likely going to take over the social media and video side of Cherished Sleep. When he’s not playing premier league football (or Fortnite) that is.
The Super Sleeper
Samantha is Kim’s daughter and super sleeper. Kim put healthy sleep habits in place as soon as Sam was born and it has paid dividinds in terms of sleep. Even if Samantha goes off track (she’s had hospital stays, tummy issues due to a dairy intolerance, and sleep apnoea due to large tonsils), she easily slips back into routine and can sleep anywhere (at anytime).
Samantha sometimes helps Kim wrap client gifts and disinfect the toddler toy bag. She also helps choose the books some of our Cherished Sleep Stars receive. Sam is a dreamer, dancer and song writer.
The Cherished Sleep Philosophy
Everyone here at Cherished Sleep genuinely believes that healthy sleep habits make for healthy children. A well-rested child is curious, energetic, happy, playful, and eager to learn, and we want that for all children.
When parents entrust me, Kim, as their child’s “sleep guide,” either through one-on-one consultations or seminars, they are placing a great deal of trust in me, and I want to let you know that I take this responsibility very seriously.
While most books and programs dealing with child sleep issues take philosophical stands (based largely around the issue of “crying it out”), I believe that your child’s sleep is more important than my personal views on this subject.
The Cherished Sleep philosophy largely follows the Sleep Sense™ Method in that it places emphasis on accommodating many different parenting styles. The bottom line is that you, as a parent, need to be comfortable with your new sleep plan in order for it to work for your child.
My approach to improving your child’s sleep is pretty simple:
• I’ll give you honest information about WHY sleep is so important for your child’s well-being. (This will give you all the motivation you need to make changes to your child’s sleep habits.)
• I’ll lay out an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan that lets you make some choices about what is the right approach for your child. (All children are different, and nobody knows your child better than you do. I encourage you to use your knowledge of your child to customize his or her sleep plan.)
• I’ll show you how to measure success. (No, you shouldn’t expect your child to sleep 12 uninterrupted hours on the first night — although it does happen! I’ll tell you what you should expect along the way…)
• A little note about the “crying” question: Since people always ask me about whether my solutions involve “crying it out,” I think it’s something that deserves to be addressed here:
Crying is your child’s way of protesting change, and you can expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in some protest. That’s why I’m always sure to tell parents that my program will most likely involve at least some amount of protest on the child’s part.
Please understand that I will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone, nor will I ask you to ignore their cries. The reason that the Sleep Sense™ Method is so effective is that it lets you develop a plan that you feel comfortable with, based on what you know about your child.
If you have any questions at all about the philosophy behind Cherished Sleep, please don’t hesitate to ask!
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