Meet a Mom – Michelle Winters

Posted by Dani Gurrie in Blog, Mom of the Week on Mon, Feb 25, 2013

MMichelle_sleepwellichelle Winters
Manassas, VA

What pays the bills: I am the owner of SleepWell Sleep Solutions.  I am a Gentle Sleep Coach and a Greenproofer.  I help parents assist their children in getting the sleep they need to be happy and healthy and I also assist families identify and remove toxins in their environments.

Meet The Family: I have been married to my husband Fred for over 8 years.  We have two children, my daughter is 7 and my son is 5.  We Michelle_Alvin and Abbyalso have 2 dogs, a 13 year old Border Collie / Chow mix and a 10 month old Doberman/Pit Bull mix.  We also have 2 cats and 4 chickens.  We are enjoying getting fresh eggs for the first time!

Passions/Interests: I love helping people.  I love with my profession I can help people and I also want to start volunteering more.  I also love to bake and am just starting to try some new recipes. I like to garden, we add more vegetables every year to our garden and I would love to one season only eat from our garden.

Anything controversial about you? I think my career is somewhat controversial.  I know sometimes sleep coaches get a bad name because people think we want to put children on strict schedules and let babies cry it out.  But that’s not what I do – I work with the parents and recommend gentle methods to get their children sleeping more.  Sometimes we change some scheduling, usually the children’s naps are not close enough.  If the children aren’t sleeping, the parents aren’t sleeping and no one is happy!

Biggest Pet Peeve: My biggest pet peeve is rude people.  Say thank you when someone holds the door for you, wave when someone lets you in in traffic – I think the world would be a lot better place if adults would remember their please and thank you’s as much as we try to get our children to!

Taking the kids out to eat: We love to go to Red Robin.  I love that the kids can circle the food they want since my daughter will not speak to waiters!  And they can color the menu so it gives them something to do while we wait for food.  We usually ask for a basket of fries to start off too so they can munch while we wait.

Spending time as a family: We love to play in our backyard and ride bikes.  We went to several Potomac Nationals baseball games this summer and they were a lot of fun.

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About Dani Gurrie

Dani Gurrie is the founder of Tots2Tweens, a wife to Ashley and mom to Cooper and Brodie. She spends most of her days trying to find the ultimate kids-related thing that mom's will love...just to share it with her world.

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