About Dana Obleman
Hi, my name's Dana and if you're currently struggling with child sleep issues, I'm so glad you found this site! (The light at the end of the tunnel is near, I promise. ;-))
I'm the creator of The Sleep Sense Program, a no-nonsense resource for helping parents solve their children's sleep issues. I'm also the author of...
- The Food Sense Program - for parents of fussy eaters
- No-Sweat Potty Training - for parents who want to get their kids out of diapers as quickly and painlessly as possible
- Kids: The Manual - a practical, kid-friendly guide to discipline and behavior management for children aged 2-12
How I Became a Parenting ConsultantIt has always been my dream to work with children. To make that dream a reality, I went to university to receive a BA in psychology and an education degree in the late 1990s and then spent a few wonderful years working as a first grade teacher.
Then I got pregnant with my first child, and my life took a detour I didn't expect! My husband and I suffered from intense sleep deprivation during the first few months of my son's life as we struggled to deal with his sleep issues and teach him how to get a good night's sleep.
None of the parenting books available seemed to fit our family's needs... Some were way too harsh and didn't take the children's needs and comfort into consideration, while others basically said, "Suck it up, mom and dad, your child's needs are everything and it doesn't matter if you don't get a good night's sleep!"
Frustrated with the lack of practical advice, I did my own research and developed my own child sleep training program which became the basis of my first book, The Sleep Sense Program.
The book very quickly became very popular, showing me how desperate families were for practical, no-nonsense, kid-friendly advice-and I've been dedicated to helping parents ever since!
Over the years, I've been featured in newspaper articles, radio, and television. I've been invited to speak at parenting conferences and trade shows and was asked to give a lecture at one of the country's largest medical schools. I was even approached to host a reality TV show!
These have all been wonderful opportunities... but my REAL passion is helping parents directly by giving them the practical, easy-to-follow, real-world solutions that help them solve their biggest parenting challenges so they and their children can live healthier, happier lives.
When I'm not working, you can usually find me hanging out with friends and family, cooking (or enjoying) a good meal, driving one of my kids to soccer, karate, or ballet, going for a run, planning a cool trip somewhere hot, or just plain old relaxing! (My favorite guilty pleasure is eating popcorn with cheddar cheese on top and watching American Idol on the TV.)
I live in Florida with my husband and three children and look forward to helping you!