Lack of sleep can be one of the most stressful parts of being a parent. I speak from experience. And so we were all intrigued when we heard about Lori Lite, the creator of Stress Free Kids, whose work was inspired by those difficult, sleepless nights most parents face at one time or another.

Lori herself had two little ones, neither of whom were easy to put to sleep and Lori was suffering. She was dropping weight, stressed out, and not sleeping. So, a friend suggested she talk to an expert for some help. That expert suggested Lori try deep breathing and affirmations. And it worked. It worked so well that Lori thought, “I wonder what would happen if I could get my son to do some of this breathing.”

Instead of just telling her young son to try some deep breathing, she created a story for him called The Boy and the Bear. The story walked her son through some breathing exercises and before she knew it, her son was fast asleep. The Boy and the Bear became the first of a series of stories Lori later created to help kids build self-esteem, manage stress, and deal with anxiety.

On this episode of BetterWorldians Radio, Lori will walk listeners through some deep breathing techniques and teach parents how to help children reframe stressful situations. My personal favorite was Lori’s advice to, “Jump into the pool of laughter.” We all could use more of that in our lives.

Lori’s advice is direct and practical and her website, Stress Free Kids, has great resources for parents with kids of all ages. Click here to listen to this episode of BetterWorldians Radio and to learn how to tweak your parenting and household for a more stress free life.