Posted November 4, 2011 by Sally. Filed under Blog.
Putting your child to bed can be a very special time for both parents and children. It’s that time at the end of a day when you get to wind down together and should be something you look forward to, not something that is frustrating or stressful. Having a regular routine helps make it easier for you and your child. Come up with a familiar sequence of activities that helps your child relax and gives them a sense of security and comfort. Repeating that bedtime sequence night after night will make going to bed easier and habitual, your child knows that going to sleep comes next.
We asked some fellow parents how they prepare their children for bed and here are some of our favorite bedtime rituals:
- reading a book
- taking a bath
- talking about your child’s favorite moment of the day
- giving thanks
- having your child tell you a story
- playing a game
- cuddling together
- tucking your child in
- saying prayers together
- singing a lullaby
- listening to music
What about you – how do you spend those last few moments at the end of the day with your child? What is your favorite bedtime ritual?