Witchlette struggled to get to sleep tonight. She stayed up in bed for almost an hour reading. She then felt tired, but was too anxious to relax and let herself rest and get to a point where sleep could take over.
When I went to her room to ease her, she shared her fears related to her next vacination, that she knows it’s not til she’s 5 and she’s only 3 now but it’s still scary. She doesn’t want to do it alone, nor does she want it to hurt and she doesn’t like the idea of getting a scratch on purpose. We talked about her “inside Avengers” (immune system) and how the booster shots give them extra super powers, how they will make their special band-aids to stop any bleeding that may happen during the booster shot, and that it hurts more when daddy steps on her toes. She had big feelings and she didn’t want to feel them alone. I reassured her that she wasn’t alone and she would never have to feel big feelings alone, but that she does have to rest. Careful not to dismiss her feelings ala there’s nothing to worry about, I kept reassuring her but that just kept going in circles. Hubby’s tactic of talking about the big day she’s going to have tomorrow didn’t work as she informed me all her good stuff happened already this week.
So I completely shifted gears.
Close your eyes.
You’re on the beach. Feel the warm sand under your feet. Feel the cool, gentle waves tickling your toes. Feel the sun on your skin and the breeze in your hair. Feel all the warmth and comfort surround you. Feel the beach. Feel the comfort.
I’ve never seen her relax so wholly so quickly.
This is a tool I will be utilizing more in the future.
Mindfulness parenting ftw.