Did you know that the last words the brain hears before you fall asleep are what ‘sticks’, what the brain remembers? For children this is most important. Growing up is hard work, and any good words are more than needed. They’re necessary.
Pillowcases. Bedtime. Here’s the backstory:
I will never forget hearing Jeanine Fitzgerald speak about the pillowcase. She is a Behavior Consultant and Specialist. She works with children – the tough ones, at-risk children. She also has her own school and is a presenter to teachers. I was lucky to hear her tell the story of a child who was going to be taken away from her mother. Jeanine was called in as a last resort. She told the mother to write ten positive things on a pillowcase to say to her daughter, and read one of them aloud each night before her daughter falls asleep.
How simple. Long story short, the mother did this faithfully every night. She had to. Her daughter blossomed and graduated tops in her class. The mother had more children, and did the same thing with pillowcases for each one. Years later, she contacted Jeanine Fitzgerald to tell her this remarkable story.
If reading aloud those important words written on a pillowcase every night made a significant difference to a child at risk, think what it could do for every child. Really!
I had a pillowcase event at school for families.
Children wore their PJ’s. I passionately told parents how important it is for the brain to hear positive words before falling asleep. Parents and children were to decide – together – what words / phrases / terms of endearment would be most important and meaningful. Parents wrote the words. Children decorated.
I strolled among the families and watched the bonding as they worked together to figure out their words. You know how parents desperately want to slow down and have those moments with their child. Well, that was happening in front of my eyes. I was the fly on the wall.
The Pillowcase Event. Best thing I have ever done for children and their families.