Today we’d like to introduce you to Siranush Vardanyan.
Siranush, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I came to this line of work by necessity and passion. I had been looking for my “calling” in life for a very long time and wanted to do something that combined my professional background with my love for working with families and children. I hold a Master’s degree in Psychology and spent many years as a Behavior Interventionist and Children’s Social Worker. In practice, I was exposed to children of all ages, backgrounds, and various levels of cognitive development, including children with Autism. It wasn’t until I had a little one of my own that I realized how difficult parenting really is, how much information is out there for parents, and how quickly things can get out of control.
My daughter Ellen was born premature at 32 weeks gestation. She stayed in the NICU for a few weeks and had to learn things such as breathing and swallowing. From the moment she came home, I did not take my eyes off her. Figuring out how to put her to sleep in a healthy way became very difficult. It first started with a pack and play next to my bed, but that quickly transitioned into her sleeping in the bed with my husband and me. This continued for 11 months! As I began working again our sleep situation left me exhausted! She had her own room and a crib, but almost a year had gone by and she was still sleeping in our bed. I read and researched as much as I could, but I wasn’t able to apply the information I was reading because I could not retain anything since I was so sleep deprived. I had lost all hope in solving my daughter’s sleep problems so I reached out to a certified sleep consultant and finally was able to effectively sleep train Ellen. It was honestly life-changing so I decided to become Certified and help other families who are also struggling.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I feel as though this is what I was born to do- help others, so I wouldn’t really consider any aspect of my work a “struggle”. The most difficult part of being a Pediatric Sleep Consultant is that every child is different and every family situation is different. People think that sleep should come naturally for children and that all children are great sleepers, but that is clearly not the case.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I work with parents to teach their little one’s independent sleep skills and create healthy sleep habits so they can sleep through the night. I specialize in gentle sleep training, which means that you are able to support and guide your child as they learn when, where, and how sleep is expected. I came to this field because I was having difficulty with my own daughter, so I know how tough it is for exhausted families to get the help they need considering there is so much information out there. What makes me most proud of my work is that I work with families who ask for help- I understand that sleep training is not for everyone and what works for some families may not be ideal for others, so I never push families to do what does not feel natural to them.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I have always known that I wanted to be a mom. I have always loved babies in children, and often have been told by my friends that I was a natural-born mother. I was always that friend that people went to for advice, to get a laugh, and to get some positive words of encouragement.
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