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
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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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.
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
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
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.
The Inside-Out Blessing Game
here to listen to a sample.
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
here to listen to a sample.
A welcome respite from the overstimulation of the season. Children
• 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
- 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
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
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
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
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.