Posted on February 06 2016
Positive affirmations, a breathing exercise, and shutting down their Chakras
- Sydney’s Danielle Wright wrote a bedtime guide called Sleepy Magic
- The book details the five steps it takes to send a child to sleep
- Steps include affirmations, questions, breathing, a story and relaxation
- It incorporates meditation and chakras to add an element of spirituality
- Mrs Wright wrote the book after she quit her corporate job to slow down
Like most parents, Danielle Wright knows all too well that telling the kids it’s ‘bedtime’ can give them as much energy as a ‘shot of espresso’.
But within 20 minutes Mrs Wright claims she can have her two boys ready for sleep, no matter how hyper they may seem.
The Sydney resident told Daily Mail Australia she started a simple sleep ritual with her kids that she says is guaranteed to make them nod off, and has shared her five steps to dream-filled nights in her book: Sleepy Magic.
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Sweet dreams: Sydney mother Danielle Wright wrote Sleepy Magic, a bedtime ritual for parents to undertake with their kids
Tried and tested: Mrs Wright performs the five-step bedtime ritual with her sons Evan, 10 and Ben, 6, each night
The book is a guide for parents to help combat sleepless nights.
Steps include a series of positive affirmations, asking ‘what are you proud of today?’, a breathing exercise, imaginative story and body relaxation.
Mrs Wright started the bedtime routine after a ‘mid-life crisis’ saw her leave her stressful career running an advertising agency to find peace through holistic practices.
‘I just wasn’t living the life I wanted to live,’ Mrs Wright, 43, told Daily Mail Australia.
Simple: The bedtime ritual includes positive affirmations, asking ‘what are you proud of today?’, a breathing exercise, imaginative story and body relaxation
HOW TO GET YOUR CHILD TO SLEEP
The Sleepy Magic book outlines five steps:
1. A series of affirmations
2. The question: ‘what are you proud of today?’
3. A breathing exercise
4. An imaginative story
5. Body relaxation
‘I was one of those supermums trying to run my own business, have a family, and run a household.
‘I thought ‘I can’t keep living like this, it’s not good for me or my family’.’
Mrs Wright visited a kinesthesiologist who taught her healing techniques, and she slowly started to shift her life.
The benefits were immense, and she started to come up with ways to incorporate the techniques in to her children’s lives.
Making a change: Mrs Wright started to develop the Sleepy Magic routine after her own ‘mid-life crisis’ saw her turn to a holistic way of life
‘I decided one night to do meditation on my son at bedtime,’ she said.
‘He kept asking for it … and it became a habit.
‘It made a huge difference, him getting to sleep was easy and there was no frustration around sleep anymore.’
She tried the same technique on her then three-year-old, and the results were the same.
Dream well: Steps include positive affirmations and asking ‘what are you proud of today?’
Shutting off: The ritual finishes by getting the child to visualise closing down their seven chakras, or energy points
The five-step ritual includes an imaginative story or meditation and finished with the closing down of the child’s chakras or energy points.
‘I’m introducing a bit of spirituality to them,’ Mrs Wright said.
‘You are just saying to them to close down the energy inside of them, they’re doing a visualisation of shutting down.’
HEAD-HOLD AND BREATHING EXERCISE TO RELAX CHILDREN
This step is essential for calming and preparing your child for Sleepy Magic and sleep.
If they are sitting up, have them lie on their back and put one hand on the bumpy bit on the back of their head and one hand on their forehead.
Tell them to close their eyes. Say ‘breathe in’ (now count silently to four).
Then say ‘hold’ (and count silently for two).
Next say ‘breathe out’ (and count silently for four).
Repeat until you notice your child relaxing. It takes nine repetitions.
– Sleepy Magic by Danielle Wright
Goodnight: The book will be available in leading bookstores in Australia
Another step is having a conversation with your children about what they are proud of that day and about 90 seconds of breathing exercises.
She said the techniques were aimed at children between three and 10 years old, but they could be used on teenage children who might be feeling stressed.
Sleepy Magic is available in major bookstores.
TESTIMONIALS FROM HAPPY MOTHERS WITH SLEEPY CHILDREN
‘Danielle Wright’s book Sleepy Magic has had a profound impact on my 4 year-old son, in a relatively short period of time. After a couple of weeks of sharing some of the rituals in Sleepy Magic I have seen a dramatic increase in his emotional awareness. His feeling ‘vocabulary’ has grown exponentially and we’ve had some in-depth discussions about various emotions, following some of the affirmations and meditations.
As a children’s technology and brain researcher I understand how important sleep is for a child’s healthy development. I’ve had the privilege of seeing, first-hand with my own son, how the rituals in Danielle’s book have helped my son to not only improve his sleep habits, but they’ve also had the unexpected benefit of improving his emotional awareness. I highly recommend Danielle’s book to parents who are looking for a peaceful and practical solution to improving their children’s sleep habits.’
– Dr. Kristy Goodwin, Founder of Every Chance to Learn and mother of 2, aged 4 and 19 months
‘I took an hour off yesterday to read your book from cover to cover and the boys love it. Jamie told me this morning he slept really well, had no bad dreams and felt very calm going to sleep, his creative mind was blank and they both asked for it again tonight, such a beautiful ritual. Love it. Can’t wait for it to work on my 2 year old!’ – Minette, mother of 3 boys aged 7, 6 and 2 and owner of Swish Little Fish
‘My initial thoughts when I read through the book were literally that it was so beautiful. The look and feel of it; the illustrations; the wording – all of it is beautiful. I actually got a little emotional thinking that this would be incorporated into our nighttime routine. We have only been using it a week and my kids are already asking for it and looking forward to it every night, even though they were initially resistant. As the name suggests, it really does have a sprinkling of magic within.’
– Danielle Wicks, mother of two daughters, aged 3 and 5
‘I have just read your book given to me by my dear friend – Jess. I loved it and found it so inspirational. I have cut out the affirmations and are starting to use on one of my kids. I can’t wait to use on all 3 of my kids. I will definitely be passing the word around to my friends about Sleepy Magic!! It was great xx Thanks’
– Michelle, mother of three aged 10, 8 and 5
‘My three sons have all benefitted from Danielle’s Sleepy Magic technique. It is a calm, captivating method which helps relax and prepare children for sleep. Even active, excited children on sleep overs responded. Truly magical!’
– Heidi, mother of three boys aged 7, 9, 11
‘Although still new to Sleepy Magic, my son and I have been enjoying our bed-time ritual. This is the first time I have read to my son with his eyes closed – it is a joy to see him lie in his bed with a big grin as we run through the story together. With the help of Danielle (by email) we developed a Minecraft version of Sleepy Magic, which he absolutely loves because of course, Minecraft is big in a 7 year old’s world!’
– Erica, mother of two boys, 7 and 2
‘I have just read your book given to me by my dear friend – Jess. I loved it and found it so inspirational. I have cut out the affirmations and are starting to use on one of my kids. I can’t wait to use on all 3 of my kids. I will definitely be passing the word around to my friends about Sleepy Magic!! It was great.’
– Michelle Hutchins, mother of three aged 10, 8 and 5
‘Sleepy Magic is a twinkling little gem. It is a beautiful bonding night-time ritual for my daughters and me. The stories we make up together become more magical and more exciting every time we do it. What an incredible gift to give to every little child.’
– Mary, mother of three daughters aged 6, 7 and 9
‘I used the Sleepy Magic technique with my daughter Liv and since then she requests it every night. It has become our bedtime ritual – a beautiful 10 minutes of togetherness before she falls asleep. It calms us both down from our day. It foc