From Eileen Henry, RIE™ Associate (sleep consultant in Boulder)
My work is done – I will just direct people to this! The adult version of this first meditation exercise is called the “Body Scan.” How brilliant to make a child story out of it.
Kristen knows her stuff. The very first exercises in the bear story of closing your eyes and bringing your attention to the noises far away and then closer and closer is an exercise that literally “brings you to your senses.” It is one of the best self soothing exercises at any age, can be done anywhere and in 30 seconds can increase glucose absorption in the brain by 25%. I teach it to parents and instruct them to teach it to their children. That 30 seconds at the dinner table can turn chaos into a peaceful family meal. It is miraculous.
I will send every family I work with, and especially the ones who have a toddler or older child, in for this CD. The research is in. Meditation is one of the most important things we can do for our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well being. There is good evidence that the brains of individuals who have a meditation practice fare better after a stroke than those who don’t. See the recently published book “My Stroke of Insight” written by a neuroscientist who suffered and recovered from her own stroke.
Of all the ways our children will self soothe, meditation is one of the ways that will carry them through life. There are many ways we can teach them. This is one of the best I’ve come across in a long time. The breath soothing the self. The breath is how we come back to the self
I have a son who will be 9 next month. I can count on one hand the number of times he has slept through the night…in 8+ years
We purchased your Animal Dreamzzz™ CD last week. Because my son has a hard time with change we introduced the CD to him over the weekend. We showed him the CD and talked about how it was going to help him sleep better. We had him lay on the couch, and listen with us once on Saturday and once on Sunday to a different animal story. We talked to him about stretching, relaxing, and breathing. We used the CD for the first time Monday night. My son fell asleep before the story ended, and slept 10 hours straight!!!! I did not lay down with him, as was our pattern before, but stayed in the room. This is our 4th night using the CD, he is asking to go to bed, picking which story he wants, falling asleep before the story is over, falling asleep without someone in bed with him, and for 3 nights slept 10-10 1/2 hours straight. He went to bed a little earlier tonight so, maybe 11 hours tonight? Thank you for creating this CD, it has really made a difference for my son, and my family.
“The first time I played the CD for my kids I laid on their floor because I was curious about what it would be like. I can’t really tell you exactly what it was like because we all were asleep within moments! Safe to say it works as well for me as it does my kids!”
– Kelvin, Parent of 2 boys
“I have had this problem for years. My daughter has always resisted going to bed and most evenings ended with me locking her in her room (a miserable solution for both of us!) This CD has restored a sense of peace in our house at night!”
– Melissa, Mother of 3
“My son has ADHD and unwinding at night has always been a struggle. Animal Dreamzzz combines his fascination with animals with desperately need relaxation strategies. I can’t wait for Day Dreamzzz to come out!”
– Katie, Parent of 2 boys
“It should say ages 3 and up! Every time my husband puts the kids to bed he listens with them and is out cold lying on their floor for the rest of the evening! (It works for my kids too!)”
– Margie, Parent of 2
“My daughter wakes up often in the middle of the night with bad dreams. She usually winds up in my bed. The other night I woke up to the sounds of the CD playing in her room. When I went to check on her she was fast asleep. She told me the next day that she had had a bad dream and used the CD to get her mind off of it. She felt so empowered!”
– Kay, Single Mother of 1
The CD has worked so well for my 10 yr old son. He loves the stories and sleeps so well. Thank you! This is an amazing CD!
I received the Animal Dreamzzz CD a couple weeks ago and now my three year old daughter cannot go to bed wthout it. She asks for it every night after prayers.
– Josh, Father of 1, Police Officer
That noise you hear is the silence, finally, coming home from my boys’ room. Thank you, thank you for this great product.
John, father of 2