If you're a parent, you KNOW the importance of having a nightly routine with your children, and that routine (or lack thereof) will not only determine your child's mood, but also the peacefulness of your own sleep, your stress level, and the quality of your upcoming day.
Usually the routine goes something like this: change into pajamas, brush teeth, snuggle during a bedtime story, sip a little water, sing a song or two, pray, get tucked in tight with a lovey, then lights out. That little routine usually sets the stage for the sandman to do his thing. But . . .
My little one, even at the age of five, was still waking up once every. single. night. at about 3:00 a.m. Which means my husband and I were also waking up every. single. night. at about 3:00 a.m. It was quick . . . she just spoke a couple of words into her monitor. But then one of us would have to trudge all the way upstairs to see what was wrong, and she was often sound asleep again or just wanted to have a sip of water.
We were at our wit’s end. Begging didn’t work. Bribery didn’t work. (Please don't judge me . . . I was tired!)
And then something magical happened . . . I added something extra to my daughter’s nightly routine. I placed my brand-new essential oil diffuser beside her bed, filled it with water, and added a few drops of sweat from an angel’s wings (aka essential oil).
And the very first night, she slept all night. All night. Her room smelled like a divine mixture of flowers and citrus, and our lives were transformed.