Highly sensitive children (HSC) often have difficulty switching off their active minds and getting to sleep in the evenings, particularly if their day has been a busy one. It’s the time of day in our house when questions flow like water from a tap, when the house is quiet and thoughts and the day’s events are being consolidated and analysed. At bedtime it seems that my HSC’s mind often works overtime, just when it should be shutting down and getting some well earned rest.
So I started looking around for ways to help my son close down at the end of a day and calm his mind. I bought the “Relax Kids: Aladdin’s Magic Carpet” book (Amazon.com link here) by Marneta Viegas and the “Magical Meditations for Superheroes” CD which is part of the same Relax Kids Series. We haven’t been disappointed.
The book is beautifully illustrated and transforms well known stories and fairy tales into relaxing, soothing meditations. Classics such as Alice in Wonderland, The Gingerbread Man, Rapunzel, Treasure Island, The Owl and the Pussycat and many many more have been adapted to one page tales that take my son into a fantasy world of castles, flying carpets, undersea adventures and wooden boys.
Each tale starts with an instruction to ‘close your eyes and be very still’. The tales invite children to be mindful of their own stillness, their breathing and their body. Whilst reading you can play soft music in the background or have silence as a backdrop – each has worked for us.
Or of course, you can also play the Magical Meditations for Superheroes CD. From around the age of six my son has often played the CD independently to recharge after school or to close down before falling asleep at night.
The stories transport my son to a different space to the one that occupies his enquiring mind that needs to process everything that happened during the day. He’s still given space to evaluate his day and talk about the best and the worst of the day as he sees it but this book and CD provides a natural close out period after we have talked.
There are lots of different titles in the Relax Kids series, like Relax Kids: The Wishing Star (Amazon.com link here) and Relax Kids: The Magic Box and I would love to hear from you if you have experience with any of the other titles.
In short: “This Relax Kids book and CD is a big hit in our house and works well to relax my son when his mind is too active to allow him to settle for bed.”
As a bonus the CD works a charm for busy mamas too……..
*I have not been compensated or requested to write this review but links to the book and CD are Amazon affiliate links.