Don’t Close Your Eyes! A cute new kids book
By Jessica Brodie
My kids are preteens now, long over their fear of bedtime and night terrors, but once in awhile they have trouble falling asleep. Sometimes it’s worries about tomorrow, or they’re too keyed up from all the playing they’ve done that day.
When this happens, I like to use a little reverse psychology. Instead of “go to sleep now or you’ll be miserable tomorrow,” I shrug like it’s absolutely no big deal. “Then just stay up! No electronics, but just snuggle down and think of stuff. Or read! I mean, what’s the worst that can happen if you stay up all night?”
That almost always does the trick. The pressure’s off, they start to relax, and ten minutes later, they’re usually snoozing.
That’s the same approach in a just-released super-cute new book by my agent and friend, Bob Hostetler. Called Don’t Close Your Eyes, A Silly Bedtime Story, it uses the same reverse-psychology tactics, only geared toward little ones. The sturdy, 20-page board book is funny and has lots of great rhymes as it lists all the reasons why kids should fight sleep and stay up all night. Even though my 11-year-old daughter is probably way too old for this, she loves it, too! And the ending is precious.
For all my blog-readers who are parents and grandparents (or aunts, uncles, and babysitters!), I recommend it.
Today, Feb. 5, is the launch day for Don’t Close Your Eyes, A Silly Bedtime Story, so do your kiddos (or your parent-pals) a favor and hop on over to Amazon here and buy it. There’s also a giveaway on Goodreads here.
Happy reading! And take a moment to share below your kids’ (or grandkids’ or nieces’ or nephews’) favorite bedtime stories. After all, it takes a supportive “village” (and Jesus!) to raise a child right.