My New Year's Wish to You: May you and the children in your lives embrace the New Year with confidence and faith in yourselves and in your dreams.
In January, we typically have one eye on the past and one on the future. After acknowledging our accomplishments and shortcomings in the past year, we establish our New Year’s intentions and goals with renewed hope.
This type of reflection would be unrealistic and inappropriate for most young children. However, we can help them to develop a positive mindset. Setting and applying two simple intentions will nurture their belief and faith in themselves and encourage them to confidently step towards their hopes, desires, goals and dreams. These intentions are: to replace worries with desire and faith, and to speak and think more positively. (In child-like lingo, this would amount to imagining that things will happen the way we want them to, and always saying good things about ourselves.)
Dream the dream and
The Floppy Sleep Game Book & Visualization
The Floppy Sleep Game Book includes a program which teaches children to relax and fall asleep independently. In the program, visualization is the third and final step. The preceding steps: guided relaxation and attending to the breath, help children to arrive at a relaxed, dreamy state so that they are ready to visualize.
Some people think that visualization is ineffective for them if they don’t actually “see” images in their minds. Most children are able to actually see images; however, even if they don’t, the process is still useful. If children (or adults) can remember events that have already happened then they have the ability to visualize, creating something in their imaginations that is not in the here and now. It’s conjuring for the sheer purpose of making yourself feel good.
The Dream Academy
Patti Teel's Dream Academy is touring schools, hospitals, libraries, and bookstores throughout the country. At these fun, family events, Patti teaches parents and children the relaxation techniques from her new release, The Floppy Sleep Game Book. At the Dream Academy events, kids will be practicing the three R's by Resting their bodies, Relaxing their minds, and Refreshing their spirits. Click here to learn more about the Dream Academy.
If you would like to book a Dream Acandemy event in your area,
The Dream Maker's January Dream Starters
Dream Starters are visualizations which promote relaxation, imagination and well-being as they guide children into the world of dreams.
To prepare for these dream starters, (or visualizations), create a quiet comfortable atmosphere in which your child can relax.
Step One ~ Progressive Relaxation (Tensing & Relaxing Muscle Groups)
Have your child lie down in his bed. Have him lift each arm and leg individually, holding each limb tightly before loosely flopping it down on his bed. Then have him wrinkle his face and hold his eyes tightly closed, before relaxing his face. (Tense each muscle group for at least 5 seconds.)
Step Two ~ Focus on the breath
Have your child get very quiet and watch his own breath.
Step Three ~ Creative Visualization
Now that your child is relaxed, read (or tell) one of the following visualizations. Of course, feel free to modify it according to your child’s age and interests.
Your Special Star
It’s time to go to Dream Land. When you arrive, New Year’s dreams are filling Dream Land with sparkling dream dust. The tiny flecks dart through the sky and sprinkle your pajamas, hair and lashes with sparkling light. Tonight, the gigantic rainbow crystals of Dream Land look like snow covered mountains. They begin to hum and softly glow under the cover of dream dust, repeatedly blinking and turning red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet and then silver. They are signaling you that it’s time for the Dream Academy to begin.
You and the other children line up outside of the shimmering crystal dome of the Dream Academy. The Dream Academy door opens and the kindly Dream Maker welcomes you. Good evening, (child’s name), I’m glad you’re here. The Dream Maker reminds you and the other dreaming children to hang any worries you might have on Willow, the wise and sturdy tree that grows next to the Dream Academy. If you have any troubles, give them to Willow now. He’ll take care of them so you’re free to dream. (Pause) You and the other dreamers enter the Dream Academy. Instead of sitting at desks, there are clouds to lie down upon. Find your own soft, comfy cloud and sink down into its softness. (Pause)
The Dream Academy classroom has no ceiling so you can gaze at the beautiful
moon and the bright, twinkling stars. The Dream Maker tells you and
the other dreaming children that you each have a special star which
first appeared in the sky when each of you were born. Look up at the
sky and find your star. (Pause) It’s the one that’s winking
and blinking at you. (Pause) Your little cloud begins to take you up
into the sky towards your bright, sparkling star. As you float closer
to your star, it twinkles with excitement. Finally, you are directly
under your own star. The light from your special star shines down upon
you, making you feel warm and tingly from the top of your head to the
tips of your toes. (Pause) You are ready to sleep and dream. Your star
showers you with its sparkling silvery dream dust, making all your dreams
come true. As you sleep your star will watch over you, dancing and twinkling
as you dream the night away. Sleep and dream now. Sleep; sleep sleep—and
dream, dream, dream.