A Complete Guide for Parents on children's Sleep and Relaxation

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Patti Teel is the fairy godmother of peaceful bedtimes.

Dubbed “The Dream Maker” by
People Magazine
and “The Sleep Lady”by
The Wall Street Journal

Patti Teel is the creator of a highly acclaimed audio series that teaches children a fail-proof way to relax themselves to sleep through relaxation exercises (based in yoga), visualizations, music & storytelling.  And now her new book for parents, The Floppy Sleep Game, picks up where the recordings left off.  It contains a step-by-step program for parents to follow and teach their children to relax and/or fall asleep.  The techniques from The Floppy Sleep Game book also help children cope with fear and anxiety in a healthy way. 

She is holding Dream Academy workshops at schools, hospitals, and libraries across the country where parents and children learn the playful relaxation techniques from her book and widely acclaimed children’s audio series. Children at the Dream Academy workshops practice the three R’s by resting their bodies, relaxing their minds, and refreshing their spirits.


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November, 2006

My Dear Friends,

Thanks for subscribing to my newsletter, giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts and life’s work with you and your families.

As we approach the upcoming holidays, let’s link our hearts with the intent to be messengers of compassion. May we enjoy the blessings of our lives and love our fellow man. For each one of us is a compassionate co-creator with God and together, we can create the peaceful world of our dreams.

My Best,


Expressions of Compassion

Compassion is the universal language. We can see it being expressed in every corner of the world—in a mother’s tears for her injured child, in an embrace, or in a loving gaze. Compassion and the need to give and receive love are inborn qualities which we need to preserve and nurture for the well being and survival of our beautiful planet.

One of the first ways that we can nurture compassion in our children is to help them to become aware of their own feelings and to be understanding and compassionate towards themselves. As they become aware of their own feelings, they will come to understand the importance of treating others as they themselves want to be treated. Eventually, this understanding and love can develop into a deep, unselfish appreciation and caring for the well-being of all people and for every living being in the universe.

Compassion is caring—and it can take many forms. Sometimes it involves taking action and other times not. There are times when compassion is best expressed by simply listening or by sending loving thoughts and prayers. When you want to decide whether taking action is the most compassionate course, examine your own motives and ask yourself whether it will keep the person from growing, learning, or taking responsibility for himself.

Without judgment or blame, a compassionate heart understands that people oftentimes choose or encounter difficult circumstances in order to learn important lessons. This can be a difficult task for parents. We love our children so very much that we hate to see them suffer. But when our ‘help’ overrides the natural consequences that they would have faced, it may cause them to become overly reliant on us. This can inadvertently cause them undo suffering as they continue to repeat the behavior that caused their distress. With only the best of intentions, our interference can actually end up being the antithesis of compassionate action.

Becoming a messenger of compassion:

Express yourself freely and compassionately. Laugh and cry without fear of appearing vulnerable. Get in the habit of telling your children how you feel and encourage them to do the same. As children describe how they’re feeling, they will become more aware of their emotions. Even young children who cannot name the emotion they are feeling will be able to tell us if they feel good or bad. Empathize with their feelings, even if you don’t agree with their actions. Eventually, this will help them to develop empathy as they grow to understand how others feel.

Give thanks and encourage expressions of gratitude for the every day joys and blessings in your life. Compassion and appreciation go hand and hand; when we care deeply about something or someone, we are grateful. For example, when we love and respect Mother Earth, we appreciate and care for her. And when we care for and have respect for people, we appreciate them as well.

Watch for the hidden gifts or lessons in every situation, even when it presents itself as a problem or a setback. The things that cause the greatest difficulties often produce the most profound lessons. Help your children to see beyond external circumstances to recognize the underlying message or lesson.

Let others determine their own fate without thinking that you know what is best for them. Compassion may involve allowing a person to grow and develop self-reliance by facing and solving their own problems.

Find a way to express your compassion every day. Love and care for your neighbors and remember that today, in our interconnected world, we’re all neighbors. Whether you’re sharing your pocketbook, your time, your baking, your talent or simply a smile, find a way to express your compassion and love. Recruit your children to assist you in your efforts to be a messenger of compassion and it will become a way of life for them.

I've started a blog-and I've never blogged before!
It will only be worthwhile if you'll
come out and blog with me.

I’m chose to call the blog Time Out with Patti Teel, for several reasons. I’m aware that you live in all parts of the world and yet, I hope that the blog will help us to come together as if we’re old friends getting together for a coffee clatch. The name Time Out leaves us open to talk about whatever is on our minds, so please feel free to share your musings, thoughts, reflections, irritations, and joy. I’m really looking forward to taking a little Time Out with you!

Here’s a thought to start us out and I hope you’ll take it from here.

I wrote about the universal language of love and compassion in this newsletter. But as you know, it’s not the only language being expressed on our planet. Fear is also being expressed throughout the world in the form of violence, war, and oppression. When we consider that compassionate people have the understanding and the knowledge that we’re all inter-connected, it leads to reason that fear comes from a lack of this understanding. Most of us fear what could happen if the violence in the world continues and escalates. But when our fear is accompanied with the knowledge that we’re all inter-connected and with the elements of compassion, empathy and understanding, it turns that fear into compassionate concern. Compassionate concern will propel us into taking action to improve situations that are being ruled by fear alone. Do you agree or disagree? Have you ever turned your fear into compassionate concern? Did you take action? What were the results?

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Children's Gifts that Express Love and Compassion:

Just in time for the holidays…
an Audio Series every child should have…and every Parent Deserves….

Gentle Songs and Orchestrations that Use
Yoga Techniques to Help Children Relax and Fall Asleep.

Inside Out Blessing Game CD Inside Out Blessing Game CD

The Inside-Out Blessing Game

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For bedtime or quiet time:
• Focuses on blessings
• Helps kids to appreciate their bodies
• Encourages children to look inward

"Patti Teel's recording encourages children to open their hearts and minds to let good thoughts and love flow. In a child-like manner it teaches children to go inside themselves to discover love, gratitude and reverence."
   - Deepak Chopra

The Christmas Dream

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A welcome respite from the overstimulation of the season. Children will:
• Learn to relax in Reindeer Flight Training
• Fly with Santa on a global journey to the
  moon, over mountains, across seas
• Hear prayers from around the world
• Learn to care for all people

The Christmas Dream relaxes children to sleep and plants the seeds of peace and world unity.

“…Teel’s soothing combination of yoga-like stretches, stories about Santa, and lush songs about the moon and other delights will have your little one begging you to tuck him in.”
   - Parent Magazine

November Dream Starter: A Blanket of Love

Dream Starters are visualizations which promote relaxation, imagination and well-being as they guide children into the world of dreams.

Getting Ready

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) the following visualization.  Of course, feel free to modify it according to your child’s age and interests. 

A Blanket of Love

Lie down on your back.

Imagine that you are wrapped in a soft, warm, golden blanket. You feel warm, protected, safe, and cared for.

Now think of someone you really love. It could be your mom or your dad, or even your dog or your cat.

Your blanket is filled with your love and it grows larger. You wrap the person (or pet) that you love in the warm, soft blanket.

He (or she) feels safe, loved, protected and cared for.

You feel love in your heart for the rest of your family and friends and your blanket grows larger.

Wrap your blanket around each of them and they feel safe and cared for.

Your blanket grows even larger and you wrap it around the people in your neighborhood: the store workers, the teachers, the doctors and nurses, the librarians and the mailmen and women.

Now your blanket grows larger still and it covers the country and the world, making everyone feel safe and loved.

It covers grown ups and children, moms and dads, aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpas.

Feel how warm your heart feels; feel it beating.

Think of all those hearts beating under the same warm, cozy blanket of love.

You feel happy to share your blanket and give your love to others.

You feel warm, protected, loved and cared for all through the night.