Welcome to our Questions & Answers section
On this page, we’ll try to answer the questions you ask most often.
About the book:
How old should a child be to appreciate “The Children’s Meditations In my Heart”?
We say age three. But even from birth, children will feel the presence and love from a parent reading the stories. There is no upper age limit – all children love to hear about their parents’ love for them. We hear magical stories from parents to teens, and we have even heard from adults who had a parent read the book to them. However, from age three the children will understand the concepts of a cloud and a mountain etc.
My child doesn’t want to close his eyes. What should I do?
Closing their eyes after a long day of being alert can be a challenge for some children. It’s like going from busy bee to turtle slow. You can begin gradually by telling your child to look in one direction and find a spot to focus on. After awhile, you can invite your child to close his eyes by saying, “When you feel like it, you can close your eyes.”
My child fidgets and won’t lie still while I read the stories. What should I do?
Some children will lie still and doze easily off while you read the “The Children’s Meditations In My Heart.” Other children will fidget and move around. There is no right or wrong here. The most important thing is that you as a parent stay calm and pay attention to where your energy goes. The magic of this book is the way the text allows you to connect with your child as a loving, present parent.
If you get annoyed with your child for moving around, you’ll automatically shift your energy towards exasperation, which your child will sense. This feeling might make your child fidget even more. So try to keep calm and stay present in a loving energy. You can repeat that it is time to relax by saying, “Give your busy brain a break, it is time to relax” or by inviting your child by saying “When you are ready to lie down, find a nice position to relax in.”
The book helps your child to shift attention from the thoughts that often keep children awake towards emotions in the body. This process will make some children move around, because they begin to feel and process a lot of stuff in their bodies in a very natural way. By letting them move, you let them know that it is okay to feel emotions in the body. Slowly, they will calm down when they are ready. The stressful lives we live today means that we as adults are not very good at listening to our bodies, so we can easily make this natural ability feel wrong in our children. Actually, we want to nurture this ability and teach our children to feel their bodies and learn to interpret their feelings. This comes as a loving message on how to find balance.
My child says she’s not interested in listening to the stories. Any advice on how to get started?
Some children will love “The Children’s Meditations In My Heart” from the beginning and other children will need some time to fall in love with book. This goes for so many things in life. One argument that often works for parents with this book is to tell your child that you would like to read this special book, because you want your child to know how much you love him or her. You can also share that the content of the book is all about the special love in your family. Your child is the main character of the book and will get to know a very special superpower that he or she has inside.
We have special circumstances in our family. Do you offer additional help?
The author of “The Children’s Meditations In My Heart,” Gitte Winter Graugaard, is also a coach and a Heartcore mentor. She is happy to coach you on Skype, FaceTime, or other face-to-face communication methods.
How many stories should we read at a time?
Some families are eager to get familiar with all of the stories. They quickly go through them and start over again. Other families spend time reading one meditation several times to let the child get into the universe and get the feeling of the book. There is no right or wrong way.
We do recommend that you stick to one story per bedtime. We also advice that you read them in chronological order the first time you read the book. Each story builds up to the next one. When you are familiar with the book, you can let your child choose which story to hear. Pay attention to which story your child chooses and reflect on why this story is important to your child in this time in his or her life. Your child’s selection may give you insight about what is going on in his or her life right now.
About the PDF:
I paid for the PDF. Why haven’t I received anything?
Thank you for your order. The system automatically sends an email with a link to the PDF as soon as the book is paid for. Sometimes the message gets caught in your email system’s SPAM filter – in particular, if you have a Hotmail account. Please begin by checking your SPAM folder. If you still can’t find an email with a link to the PDF, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to assist you.
We have a no screen bedtime policy. Is there a printed English version of the book available?
YES! The book is finally available as hardcopy. We are selling it on Amazon.
I would like to read an excerpt of the book before buying it. Is that possible?
We have a pop-up on this page where you can sign up for the newsletter, and from the newsletter we will lead you to an excerpt. If you missed the pop-up you can sign up for the newsletter here.
I saved the download on my phone/tablet/computer and now I can’t find it. Can you help?
Unfortunately there are as many answers to this as there are phone, tablet, and computer systems out there. Try doing a search of your device to find “Children’s Meditations” or, alternately, your “Download” folder. You can write the name of your device/computer and “download” in a search engine to find out where downloads go on your device. If you still cannot find the document, you are welcome to contact us at email@example.com.
How many times can I click on the link I got from you?
The link is active for a month and can be used three times. We encourage you to download the file on your computer, tablet or phone so you’ll always have it. If you get a message that the link is no longer active, you are welcome to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why didn’t I get an audio version for my child to listen to?
No voice is sweeter to your child than your own. We have deliberately not recorded these stories, because part of the magic of “The Children’s Meditation In My Heart” is hearing a present, loving parent read them aloud. We hope you’ll enjoy this special time with your child. It only takes ten minutes to read one of the stories and create a lovely bedtime ritual with your child. These will be some of the small moments that last a lifetime in your memories.
I have trouble printing the PDF. Can you help?
If you have trouble printing “The Children’s Meditations In My Heart”, we advise you to upgrade the program that reads your PDFs. Here is one option with Adobe.
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