1: You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.
2: "My Presence will go with you, and I will give your rest."
3: For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.
4: In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.
5: "The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."
6: Praise the Lord, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands.
7: Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will!
8: For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
9: I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.
10: "I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid."
Kids at different ages need different amounts of sleep, so I made you this quick sleep chart to see if your kids are meeting their sleep needs.
Use these oils with an air diffuser or by applying a few drops to a cotton ball or tissue that you can tuck into their pillowcase. But, the easiest thing to do is just apply oils on your kid's forehead, temples, chest, back of their neck, or the soles of their feet.
*Warning* Be on the look out for allergic reactions to these oil. Speaking from experience, I myself am hardly allergic to anything other than hay fever season but, the most popular oil Lavender breaks out my skin and stuff's up my nose. So please use these with caution! How ever I love oils and use them regularly with my kids!
The very popular Peace & Calm oil is a blend of many of the above oils. It level of lavender has not bother me but, I only used a dab to put on one of my kids. It took me a few weeks of using lavender shower gel to figure out that it was causing my skin's reactions. I had got it as a gift, as lavender was never a smell I was drawn to. Even though I had such a minor reaction to it in the past, I had not realize that I was allergic to it, but my body was already telling me it didn't like Lavender. So, make sure you let your kids smell the oils before you spend the money on them, some are very expensive. And, if they tell you they don't like the smell don't force your kids to use it, find an alternative.
Kids thrive off of routine! Set one up that you use every night and it will cut out some of the drama. What you want to create what I call the "Slippery Banana" bedtime routine that's one were you carefully place a out a banana for your little monkey's and they fall perfectly into a deep sleep! These are the things that I think make for the slipperiest banana routine.
1.) Turn off all electronic's at least half an hour before bed. The light stimulate the brain and make it harder to fall asleep.
2.) Have a bath to relax. Add a couple of drop's of essential oils to help them relax. Make sure your little monkey dries off well so, that they are not to slippery to catch if they try to runway. (Ha, Ha)
3.) Read a good kids bible story or nightly devotional. Ask some questions to get them engaged. Things like what do you think Jesus want's us to do at bedtime. Do you think Jesus want's us to sleep? Why? You now, you get the idea. Keep the focus on Jesus and rest!
4.) Write down the list above of bible verse to help kids sleep. Keep your list in your child's room, that way it's always hand. Depending on how old your kids are you could turn it into a game. Let them pick out a verse and you read it out loud to them and then they can repeat it to one of their stuffies that needs to go to sleep too. This is teaching them to memorize a bedtime scripture plus your changing their bedroom's atmosphere by reading God's word out loud. By turning into a game they will see just how important sleep is when they really want their own toy to sleep to and sometimes doesn't, hint, hint. What ever the holy spirit is leading you to do with your child make it fun!
5.) Finish with a bedtime prayer! Called sleep my little money in Jesus name. Amen!
As you walk out of your children's room make sure that you pray for God's angels to watch over your child every night. You can do this aloud with your kids, this is what I do, or you can pray it quietly to yourself, it is still just as powerful!