December 5th, 2010 | 3 Comments

Boys Can De-Stress and Fall Asleep! (Girls Too!)

By Lori Lite

Boys! My son was a bedtime handful. I spent two stressed filled hours each night trying to get him to sleep. He  built forts in his closet, emptied his dressers and pretended he was jumping into books. He was a bundle of boy energy!

Today’s boys face a complicated and stressful world. Many boys act out with aggression which is often overlooked as a warning sign for possible stress overload. While society has evolved in how we view boys, there is still a lot of work to be done. Many boys are still expected to be tough and are not given the tools to express themselves.  It is difficult for any adult, teen, or child to fall asleep when they are keeping fear and concerns to themselves so here are some tips to help with bedtime for kids.

Tips to Help Boys Fall Asleep:

  • Avoid stimulating and violent video games.
  • Have a winding down time between homework or activity and bedtime.
  • Encourage talking about feelings with questions like, “How are you feeling? How are things with your friends?”
  • Take distractions out of the room.
  • Introduce relaxation music and stress management techniques at an early age.
  • Create a safe and comfortable place for children at bedtime. If they want a favorite blanket or stuffed animal around let them have it.
  • Focus on relaxation instead of the act of falling asleep.

Indigo Dreams CD Series helps children fall asleep by introducing stress management techniques in a storytelling format. I wrote them to help my own son fall asleep.

Stress Free Kids founder Lori Lite has created a line of books and CDs designed to help children, teens, and adults decrease stress, anxiety, and anger. Ms. Lite’s books, CDs, and lesson plans are considered a resource for parents, psychologists, therapists, child life specialists, teachers, and yoga instructors. Lori is a certified children’s meditation facilitator and  Sears’ Manage My Life parenting expert. For more information visit Stress Free Kids and for daily advice follow Lori on Twitter and  Face Book .

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3 Comments on “Boys Can De-Stress and Fall Asleep! (Girls Too!)”

  • I dont have a problem with my boys falling asleep – they run around all day and then just crash. Some great tips though if I ever need them.

  • All day exercise is the best tip for ending bedtime battles… Fresh air ….even if it is cold out works like a charm.

  • Good article! I think even too much exercise sometimes is counteractive, some people don’t always benefit by the adrenal rush it gives. My son is very active but I think the mind is overactive in cases of sleeplesness ie. Body tired but not the mind.

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