Bedtime is the most important time of day. I learned from the minute my children were born that it is very important to create solid, recognizable steps to ensure a smooth transition from a busy day of play to a state of peace and tranquility. In our house, bedtime routines starts an hour before their actual scheduled bedtime. With a consistent set of chores, steps and processes to complete, my children feel more secure, know what to expect next and are agreeable to the change in schedule.
Positive Bedtime rituals in our house include:
- Bathing and Oral hygiene
- Getting dressed in pajamas
- Snuggling in Mommy’s bed
- Bedtime story
- Lullabies and prayers
- Kisses and tuck ins
- Lights out
In our family, bedtime is an important bonding period me and my children. It is a time where all distractions such as electronics, computers, TVs and other stresses of the day are put aside and it is an opportunity to spend quality time with my children. We use this time to practice reading skills, enjoy one another’s company and discuss feelings, emotions, and expectations for the next day. Some days, my children are full of ideas and conversation, whereas other days they were quiet and reserved. Determined to take our bonding experience to a deeper level, I searched for an aid to help me in these quiet moments.
Recently, I was introduced to an amazing author by the name of Grace Fox. Grace Fox is Christian author who had burning desire to be a writer. Not knowing what form of written literature she wanted to pursue, she began writing Christian Greeting cards. When they were polite rejected, she continue writing in other ways. Her seventh book published was Tuck-Me-In Talks with your Little Ones: Creating Happy Bedtime Memories. Since then, Grace has published many inspiring books and inspires others with her blog.
Tuck-Me-In Talks with your Little Ones: Creating Happy Bedtime Memories
On those days, where I ask my children what they did at school or how they are feeling, and I get “I don’t know!” response, I turn to this amazing book for inspiration. With 110 pages of inspiring, fun, and thought provoking questions, I can engage my children in a meaningful conversation. I can learn who they are in the inside and what makes them tick. I have been using this book during our bedtime rituals for almost a month now and I can’t believe how much I have learned about my children. From simple things like “What is three things that make you laugh?” to more thought provoking questions like “What does it mean to be polite?”, I dive deeper into the personalities my children and share secrets that are sometimes lost during the busyness of society.
I challenge you to spend 5 extra minutes with your children at bedtime this week. Ask them a thought provoking question, person question or funny question and engage with them in a little conversation. If your experience is anything like mine and Grace Fox’s Tuck-me-in Talks, I’m sure you will have a new bedtime ritual that you will love and cherish!!