SLEEPY MAGIC WRITTEN BY DANIELLE WRIGHT REVIEWED BY TRICIA PENAFLOR
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.