SLEEPY MAGIC WRIT­TEN BY DANIELLE WRIGHT RE­VIEWED BY TRI­CIA PENAFLOR

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS BOOK?

I have an ex­citable 3.5 year old son who some­times re­sists bed­time so I thought this might be a good ad­di­tion to his bed­time rou­tine and cre­ate a calm way for him to ease into sleep mode while nur­tur­ing his sense of se­cu­rity and well­be­ing. He has also just started oc­ca­sional overnight vis­its with his fa­ther and comes home a lit­tle un­set­tled and anx­ious so I am hop­ing that the tech­niques in this book will help him cope with any stress he might be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Sleepy Magic is a hy­brid be­tween a self help book that ex­plains the ben­e­fits of ki­ne­si­ol­ogy and con­nect­ing to your au­then­tic self while also giv­ing some med­i­ta­tion scripts, pos­i­tive af­fir­ma­tions and vi­su­al­i­sa­tion ex­er­cises through short bed­time sto­ries. It talks a lot about chakras (spir­i­tual en­ergy cen­tres) so it def­i­nitely also has a new age ide­ol­ogy un­der­pin­ning it. I sim­pli­fied some of the lan­guage to match my son’s com­pre­hen­sion abil­i­ties and the vi­su­al­i­sa­tions were a lit­tle bit ad­vanced for him to con­cen­trate on fully but he seemed to ben­e­fit from be­ing talked through how to re­flect and put aside prob­lems/stres­sors or “yucky things” of the day be­fore go­ing to sleep.

WOULD YOU REC­OM­MEND IT?

I think it’s al­ways great to have a prac­ti­cal wellness re­source for chil­dren and it’s hard to come across age ap­pro­pri­ate books. I think the beauty of this book is that it starts cue­ing in chil­dren to de­vel­op­ing emo­tional self aware­ness/iq and mind­ful­ness strate­gies at an early age. It would prob­a­bly be best suited for chil­dren in the 5-8 age group and be par­tic­u­larly help­ful with kids who may have some trou­ble with anx­i­ety or go­ing through a big life tran­si­tion or any kind of emo­tional up­heaval.

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