Gitte Winter Graugaard
International bestselling author and expert in peaceful bedtime routines
Gitte writes books for children filled with magical meditations that help them find peace in the evenings at bedtime and sleep better. She is passionate about teaching children to navigate from their hearts and understand their beautiful inner landscape. When we know our inner landscape, so much in life becomes much easier...
Five steps to a peaceful bedtime routine
Did you read my first blog about peaceful parenting leading up to these five simple steps? Go here to read that first.
For my simple methodology to work all you need is to tune into the love for your child. It takes ten minutes at bedtime and makes even the most stressful day end in bliss.
5 steps to make your new bedtime routine with meditation more blissful:
1. Begin earlier than usual:
Make the last hour before bedtime your special ‘hygge time’ and the best time of the day. Encourage your child to take a warm bath or maybe offer a gentle massage. Take your time getting ready for bed.
Turn off all screens two hours before bedtime. Blue light wakes us up and most of the television made for kids today is way too hectic and full of impulses. Calm down after dinner, put on some nice calm music and slow down.
3. Cuddle up
Lie down next to your child and show them you have time to read in a calm and cosy way. Snuggle up and if you fall asleep yourself, that might be just what you need. Stay calm and loving in your energy even if your child has difficulties with the new method. Your energy, mood and way of communicating with your child affect how quickly he or she calms down.
4. Keep reading even if they fall asleep.
Your child can still hear you and take the love with them into their dreams. In the days after, talk to your child about their experience with meditation; ask how it makes them feel. Listen to your child – there is a lot to learn. Encourage your child to draw the images or feelings he or she sees or experiences during meditation.
5. Enjoy the ride to the love mountains
Above all, enjoy the ride to heartland with your child. Learning meditation from a young age is a life-long gift. My experience is that many children have a much easier time meditating than adults. And in many ways children can help their parents turn up the love for themselves as well. I always encourage parents to pay attention to their child in meditation and learn from them.
The human race is not meant for running without rest. We are meant to use energy and then rest to refuel; the resting part however is often overlooked. Get regular rest, be present and loving at bedtime, bring out the best in yourself, and through inner peace, love and self-love, you will encourage your child to do the same.
I wish you and your child a wonderful time connecting to your hearts.
Also watch my TEDx talk.
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