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Sleep solutions for kids – 1

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Psalm 127:4 (NKJV)

 

As we shared before, putting the kids to bed earlier can help them get the sleep they need and the rest you need.  Laura T. Coffey[i], writing for TODAY Parenting, shares 11 tips, tricks and strategies from experts, who are also parents, for helping little ones, and their parents, get more shut-eye.

  1. Tire them out. (Dr. Katie Lockwood, pediatrician). Take advantage of the opportunity to get them physically involved to do your own exercise.  Take them to the park and run with them, or on hikes, or in other physically demanding activities.  Children need to develop their muscles and use the energy they have inside, and we need to burn calories we don’t always get to burn while we are at work.
  2. Get the temperature just right. (Beyond Mommying). Depending on the temperature and the season, dress the baby appropriately and provide either a fan or a space heater accordingly. A baby who is too hot or too cold won’t settle.
  3. Put them to sleep while they’re still awake. (Beauty Momme) “Make sure your child stays awake after each feed, whether it’s one minute or one hour, and put them to bed awake. Now, you don’t need to wake them into a fully awake state each time, but just enough that they know where they are and can continue to snooze.”
  4. Be consistent. (Dr. Katie Lockwood, pediatrician). As she tells, “Due to my rigidity on this issue, we have missed events and parties, we have been captives in our home during most afternoons, and we are constantly planning our day around sleep schedules, but our children sleep well.”
  5. “Full bellies = sound sleepers.” (Jennifer Swartvagher). Think about the after-Thanksgiving-meal-drowsiness. While some people attribute that to some of the food, or the quantity of food, it may just be that a full stomach makes us feel sleepy.  It works the same for children.

 

Father God, help me to find ways to help my kids get the sleep that they need.

[i] http://www.today.com/parents/11-sleep-solutions-kids-their-exhausted-moms-dads-t50581

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Don’t lose sleep

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 (NKJV)

Six out of ten are not having a good night’s sleep.  For many of these, money concerns are snatching their zzz’s. According to a new survey from CreditCards.com 62% of us have at least one financial issue keeping us up nights.  The most common reasons: saving for retirement, paying for college and health or insurance bills.

Jean Chatzky, from TODAY,[i] provides advice on how to stop losing sleep over money.

Make time to ponder during the day.  Often what we think about at night are things we push out of our awareness during the day because we don’t allow time for them.  Set aside time to proactively think about it and make a plan to deal with will help you solve the issue of sleeplessness.

Keep a notepad by the bed. If you wake up with any of those financial concerns on your mind, write them down so they don’t keep bouncing around in your head.  We may think we’re going to forget something important, and in fact we may, so we keep thinking about the different angles, possible solutions, or likely consequences.  By jotting it down you can relax knowing you don’t have to bother with it until daytime when you’re awake, hopefully more rested, and when you can give more careful thought to those ideas that came to your mind overnight.

Develop some basic good habits. It would be good if you open all your mail everyday, keep running lists of upcoming income and expenses, track your out of pocket spending and organize and pay your bills in order of urgency. If there are any bills you can’t pay, call your creditors and try to work out an arrangement to pay as you can in the future.

Take care of yourself. Don’t eat close to bedtime, exercise regularly, disconnect from electronic media at least an hour before going to sleep.  Those healthy practices can help you sleep better.

Father God, there’s nothing better at the end of each day than a good night’s rest.  Help me to achieve that sleep every day and get the rest I need.

[i] http://www.today.com/money/jean-chatzky-stop-losing-sleep-over-money-t28656?cid=eml_tes_20150625

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I lay Me Down

Scripture: I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me.  Psalm 3:5 (NLT)

 

Observation: I laid me down. The pronoun “I” is emphatic. David represents himself as in danger of attack at any moment during the night, hunted and cursed by his enemies, nevertheless able to lie down in peace and sleep, so great was his trust in God. Since everything was in God’s hands, he had a sense of complete protection. His sleep was not mere weariness or indolence or presumption; it was an act of faith. Internal calm nerved him for the next day’s fight.

The Lord sustained me. The first waking thought is one of recognition that God had honored the trust placed in Him, even as his last thought on going to sleep had been one of complete confidence. The psalmist is strengthened to meet the needs of the day. The last thoughts of the night are often the first thoughts of the day. Note the sudden dramatic change from depression to triumph. Such is the benediction of the night and the promise of the new day (see Lam. 3:22, 23). [The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Volume 3. 1977 (F. D. Nichol, Ed.) (636–637). Review and Herald Publishing Association.]

 

Application: Countless numbers of children have been taught to repeat every night the bedtime prayer:

Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep,

If I shall die before I wake,

I pray the Lord my soul to take.

Innocently children have been taught that we have a soul inside of us which lies in God’s hands when we sleep, and which, if we die, He is free to keep for Himself forever.  In a way it’s a bit scary, for a child, to learn that it is God’s arbitrary, maybe even selfish, choice to decide whose “soul” He chooses to keep for Himself and which ones He chooses to return to the body of a child so he/she may awake.

The psalmist writes a morning prayer in which he thanks God for keeping him safe and for watching over him throughout the night.  As important as it is to pray with our children at bedtime, we need to make sure that we teach them not to fear God with the thought that He may keep their soul but rather with the assurance of His watchful care for them while they sleep.  And then, first thing in the morning, pray with them so they can thank Him for His protection overnight thus teaching them gratitude for each new day of their life.

 

A Prayer You May Say:  Father God, thank You for a new day of life and health, and thank You for watching over us last night as we slept.

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