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Pillow Talk & The Quest for Sleep

It’s been a long day. You are tucking your child into bed and they have that look in their eyes: alert and somewhat pleading. It’s the look that says they still have energy and they’re not ready for sleep.

Sound familiar?

Reading them a book could work. Perhaps a glass of warm milk. But you’re ready to try something different.


It’s time for a little Pillow Talk. Start by dimming the lights and turning on the fan or A/C. Get the room nice and cool. Fluff their favorite Sobel pillow, and tuck them in tight. With a low voice, ask a series of questions that are sure to get some interesting answers. Make it fun for you by following the thoughts wherever they lead. Let them do the work by doing most of the talking. All you have to do is listen and hear the very heart of their thoughts. The task is sure to get them drowsy.

As you wind down, use their answers to encourage them to think about tomorrow, and how tomorrow will be here the quicker they fall asleep…

Here are some fun questions you can ask:

  • What do you like most about your best friend?
  • What are you most proud of yourself for?
  • If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
  • If you saw a dragon, what would it look like? How would it behave?
  • Who is the kindest person you know? Tell me more about them.
  • What is the best compliment you have ever received?
  • Who would you give that same compliment to?
  • If you could make up your own animal, what would it look like?
  • What is something you would like to try tomorrow?
  • What is something you would like to learn or get better at?
  • Tell me about your favorite story and why?
  • Tell me about your favorite teacher and why?
  • If you could invent a game, what kind of game would it be?
  • What is one good thing you wish for your friend?

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