In a now-viral post on her Facebook page, mom-of-two Jessica D’Entremont shared her hack that she used to get her two girls to calm down before bedtime, and it’s genius.
Every parent likes to tell little white lies when it comes to getting their children to do what they want, and Jessica told the perfect lie to her two daughters Emma and Hannalore. Both the girls have sensory processing disorder and long days can often lead to meltdowns, but Jessica found a way to calm them down thanks to this trick.
The Little White Lie
Jessica shared this photo to her Facebook page, explaining how in a moment of need when she saw her kids were headed for a meltdown, she turned to glow-in-the-dark pajamas to help.
Jessica convinced her daughters that in order to "charge" the PJs they would have to lie perfectly still under the light, and it worked! Her girls charged up their pajamas, and it got them to relax before bedtime without any tears or meltdowns.
Taking It One Step Further
In an update to the Facebook post, Jessica later shared that in order to "expand on the trickery" she puts the girls' pajamas back in the drawer every day so they're not exposed to any light throughout the day.
This way, if her girls ever wanted to challenge their mom (which, of course, they did) it worked out. The girls tried the PJs after they were in the drawer all day, saw they were dim, and it reinforced "the need to lie quietly under the light before bed."
Lying For Good
Though it started as a bit of a joke, Jessica says that the trick has turned into a part of her daughters' daily bedtime routine because it helps them relax after a long day of stimuli.
Jessica said the family also uses essential oils to calm the girls down, but recommends "stillness" before bed for any parents whose kids are too amped up before bed. All it takes is some glow-in-the-dark pajamas!