This is a photo of my then 6 year old Kiki saying her prayers.
Back then our ritual would be bath ,supper , quiet play to calm down from a super busy day, story with mom, bathroom visit, brush teeth, prayers and snuggly bedtime with half a toy box.
Naturaly it also included lots of hugs and kisses.
Not to forget the calls to use the bathroom, need for water or just to let tell me something she had forgotten to say before I announced bedtime 😂
As I get ready to start transitioning bear into a bed of his own , I started to think of the bedtime rituals I’d like to start with him.
For me a story is vital. Reading not only calms your little one from a busy day but also builds the bond between you and your child. You can chose to adress issues that your child may be going through through a fictional character, share a bible story or maybe a favourite from your childhood. It also sets a foundation for early readers and encourages your child to associate reading for pleasure.
Some parents don’t follow a faith and some alternatives to an evening prayer could be:
- A list of 3 things your child is greatful for
- Something good that happened during their day
- Sending sweet dreams to the people they love.
For us , I’d like bear to learn a small prayer to recite at bedtime.
The bedtime fairies
With Kiki and monkey I had two fairies that would visit in the evening. Their names were Goodnight and Sleeptight.
They were encouraged to be quiet and close their eyes so the fairies weren’t scared and would visit them.
Each fairy was responsible for a different job . Goodnight was the sleep fairy and she would full your eyes with sleep glitter to help you sleep. Sleeptight was the dream fairy. Once you were asleep she whispered good dreams into your ears.
It worked each night as they would lie still and wait quietly for the fairies .
What are your bedtime rituals mamma ?