News Release

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Contact: Joy Vann, (757) 668-7043,

Free Workshops for Professionals, Parents Presented by CHKD and Kohl's

January 9: Sleep and Behavior Problems

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Two free workshops exploring the link between sleep and behavior problems – one for professionals and one for parents – will be presented by Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and Kohl’s Department Stores on January 9, 2007, at CHKD’s Brickhouse Auditorium, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk.

The professional’s workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m., will cover common behavior problems that can be affected by sleep patterns and also how adults’ sleep habits affect their children’s. The focus will be on strategies to help families adopt healthy sleep habits to maximize children’s health, development and performance.

The parent’s workshop, 7-9 p.m., is entitled “Sleepless in America: Is It Misbehavior or Missing Sleep?” and will cover how lack of sleep can lead to anger problems, stressful mornings and bickering with peers and siblings.

Featured presenter is Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, author of “Sleepless in America,” “Raising Your Spirited Child” and “Kids, Parents and Power Struggles.” She is a parenting and early childhood teacher with degrees in family social science and early childhood education. Kurcinka is also a national television and radio show guest and a contributor to magazines including Working Mother, Parent and Good Housekeeping.

The workshops are free, but seating is limited and advance registration is requested. For more information or to register, call (757) 668-7500 or visit where information about future workshops also is available.

The workshops are part of a series of lectures to help parents and professionals build stronger relationships with their children. The series is made possible by a $56,557 grant from Kohl’s through the Kohl’s Cares for Kids campaign.