Relief from Bedtime Battles in a Peace Jar

Last night my daughter had a bedtime meltdown. She wanted another story, she wanted to sleep in my bed, she wanted me to sleep in hers. Truthfully, she was just over-tired, and once her emotions were in charge there was no stopping the situation from going downhill fast. Until I remembered her peace jar.

A peace jar is a homemade snow-globe. It’s also my secret weapon in the bedtime …

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Heartfelt Blessings at Bedtime

Each night I soothe my daughter to sleep with these blessings that are my personal version of the four heartfelt wishes of Metta Meditation.

At 4 years old it is the ritual of the loving attention that matters more than the content, but I like to think that as she gets older, the meaning of the words will take root in her spirit and send her into the world …

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Gratitude Journaling With Your Kids

Did you know that scientific studies have shown that individuals who write in a gratitude journal each night report increased levels of happiness in as little as six weeks? I can personally vouch for these study results. Sometime this summer I started keeping a gratitude journal of my own and I wholeheartedly believe I am better for it.

Each night I write three things in my journal …

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Going on a Magical, Mindful Vacation at Bedtime

Having trouble getting your kids to bed? Try taking them on a mindfulness vacation. It’s a great way to use your loving attention to help them wind-down from all the frenetic energy of the day and gently transition to sleep. Here is what I do with my daughter, who is a very reluctant sleeper:

First, we turn down the lights and decide where we are going. Jamaica is our …

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