The Relax Kids books are useful tools to help calm highly sensitive children, particularly at bedtime. These are some of my favourite tools.
A Highly Sensitive Child at Bedtime
Highly sensitive children (HSCs) often have difficulty switching off their active minds and getting to sleep in the evenings. This is particularly true at the end of a busy day.
It’s the time of day in our house when questions flow like water from a tap. When the house is quiet and sleep time beckons my children consolidate and analyse their thoughts and the day’s events.
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.
Relax Kids Aladdin’s Magic Carpet – And Other Fairytales
I bought the “Relax Kids: Aladdin’s Magic Carpet” book by Marneta Viegas.
We weren’t disappointed.
The book is beautifully illustrated. It transforms well known stories and fairy tales into relaxing, soothing meditations.
The book comprises classics such as Alice in Wonderland, The Gingerbread Man, Rapunzel, Treasure Island, The Owl and the Pussycat, and many many more. Each fairy tale has been adapted to one page tales that take children into a fantasy world of castles, flying carpets, undersea adventures and wooden boys. It’s truly magical.
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.
Relax Kids Superheroes CD
Or of course, you can also play the Magical Meditations for Superheroes CD.
From around the age of six my son 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 inquiring 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.
More Relax Kids Books
There are many more titles worth checking out in the Relax Kids series.
- Relax Kids: The Wishing Star
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.”
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