Stimulate your child’s appetite
- If the child isn’t eating anything at meals, don’t let them have snacks between them.
- Try to avoid products with taste boosters and artificial flavors. When the child gets used to them, healthy food will taste stale.
- Give the child fewer sweets.
- Walk more often and make your child more active. This will have a positive influence on the appetite.
Put your child to bed
Your child may have difficulties with falling asleep because they’ve developed the habit of falling asleep while crying, they perceive sleep as a punishment, or they feel an exaggerated importance when it comes to falling asleep on time that was created by their parents.
I’d like to share with you my own observations and methods I used when I worked in a kindergarten class.
- Body-oriented therapy. I sat on the chair next to the child’s bed. I put one hand on their thigh,
- gently fixing their legs, and the other one on their shoulder. Then I made very gentle swaying movements. This technique allows them to achieve muscle relaxation, as well as calm down the nervous system.
- Joint breathing. With my hands on the child’s body, I tried to mimic their breathing. I gradually started to breath deeper. Then I swung the child a bit. Thanks to slow deep breathing and flicking motions, the children fell asleep quickly.
- Dull reading. When I read a book, I inserted phrases about relaxation and falling asleep in the text: “And then the bear said… I’ll sit on the stump… Eat my pie… Lie on the grass… Take a nap…” It is essential to read slowly on exhalation, with pauses to make your breath smooth and gradually slow down the pace of your speech. If you do this right, you’ll notice a slowdown in the breathing of your listeners.