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Sparkle Weekly Wonderings

A few days ago, we were sitting in the hall outside of our younger son’s classroom, waiting for our parent-teacher conference to begin. A classmate came out of the door, her parents behind her. “Well, hey! How are you all?” they asked. “Tired,” said David, tucked into a chair, looking like he may never get up again. “You all?” “We’re so tired!” they replied. I then noticed the circles under their eyes. There was a collective groan of mutual understanding. “Everyone’s so tired!” Too busy and downright tuckered.

Are you with me? Do you count yourself among the ranks of the too busy and awfully tired?

That’s why we’re devoting this week to “Getting Some Rest.”

But how? In our house, this means saying “no thank you” to non-essential activities for a time, particularly things that are draining. It’s being firm about bedtimes. It’s doing all the things that we know help us to wind down for restful sleep. It’s also stopping when we notice our energy flagging and resting — instead of having another cup of caffeine.

When my kids were little, I often wished we had a third parent: someone who could cheerfully and gently hold my children in whatever-they-were-doing when I was out of steam. I particularly wanted that help at bedtime. You know when you’re so tired you could cry and your kids are resisting their normal nightly routine with great ferocity? I think you’ve got me.

In comes Sparkle. We have stories designed just to help children wind down (the Sparkle Sleepytime Series). We have stories about nighttime fears (“The Dark”). We have stories about creating bedtime routines (“Go To Sleep Fairy”). We even have stories about creating a weekly Day of Rest (Martin & Sylvia’s Day of Rest).

So if you need a nap, or just can’t read one more bedtime book, may I encourage you to simply search “sleep” on the Sparkle website? You’ll find there are 101 story options. We’ve posted all of our best ideas and recommendations below.

(The stories aren’t just for your children; parents have emailed to admit that they listen without their kids, as the stories help them wind down, too!)

I’m wishing you a peaceful weekend. May you get some rest!

About the Author

David Sewell McCann
Story Spinner

David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade – the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through painting, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf elementary class teacher and parent, he has developed a four step method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through this website.