Helping your kids unwind

Kids are under a lot of stress these days, especially at the end of the school year. Between homework assignments, late-night sports games and the ordinary trials and tribulations of riding home on the school bus, our kids are under pressure. Perform, behave, be quiet — it can be very difficult to be a child.

A panacea to all of this stress is a good night’s sleep. But that’s easier said than done.

A while back I wrote a post where I shared my family’s success using sleep CDs we had purchased for bedtime. One of the CDs featured was “Sleep Solutions” by Roberta Shapiro. She later emailed me and offered to send me another one of her CDs for free, in exchange for my honest opinions and review.

The CD I chose was “Goodbye Worries: Guided mediation to train your mind to quiet your thoughts.” It is excellent!

Unlike “Sleep Solutions,” “Goodbye Worries” is not a sleep CD per se. But it is extremely useful for winding minds down. It includes five tracks, an introduction plus four guided meditation activities.

I especially like how the CD focuses on sending bothersome thoughts away from your mind. Track number three helps you imagine a barrier to protect yourself from worries.

Sometimes when you son or daughter is upset or stressed it can be difficult to know how to help. Snuggling up on the couch and listening to a CD like this is a great option.

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