Taming Bedtime

All parents have a secret weapon or two in their bag of tricks. Not that children are the enemy, of course, but on occasion it is helpful for the grown-up to have something to combat the unending exuberance of their young. Especially at bed time.

For some reason, rather than winding down naturally of an evening, many kids get progressively more excited. At the end of the day their minds are alert with a million thoughts. Rather than looking for a tranqualising gun, it is useful to have something on hand to help the little hooligans take a short respite from their constant movement and chatter. Otherwise, a person can become exhausted just watching them.

The book Sleepy Magic by Danielle Wright is a tool that can be used to help kids learn to harness and control the thoughts that keep them awake. Reversing habits like negative thinking, or dislodging worries at the end of a day, can help them settle into a restful sleep. The book contains calming exercises, like visualising pulling up worrisome thoughts like weeds from a garden. Reading through the book together will help children develop night time rituals that can set them up for a lifetime of good sleep habits.

Wright wrote the book after finding tactics useful to calm her own children to sleep. She asserts that claiming back some night time for adults is beneficial for everyone. It is a mixture of meditations, affirmations, imagination and “an essential breathing technique.” Children learn to find a oft and loving state to launch themselves into dreamland, and also learn concepts like appreciating harmony and practicing gratitude. Consciously turning inwards helps children develop the ability to concentrate.

There are many benefits to children getting enough sleep, not least a little time off of an evening for mum and dad. “Sleep Magic” can turn everything around