We have the usual routine of showering, getting into pajamas and brushing teeth. Even though my girls are eight and six, we still read books together before they fall asleep.
With each girl, I read aloud a chapter or portion of a chapter from a book that might be slightly above their reading level, and follow that with a section from a Bible story or devotional book. When I’m finished reading, each girl prays, then we do the hugs and kisses and lots of good nights!
For me, it’s a time of day when I’m feeling tired and so many nights just want to get them in the bed so I can have a bit of time to relax before I fall asleep myself! However, the girls tend to be quite chatty as I’m trying to exit the room, so I’m trying harder to listen and communicate with them as opposed to rushing out the door! As they get older, I want them to have fond memories of how we ended each day and recall the closeness we shared as I tucked them in at night.
If you have a special bedtime ritual in your home, please share it with us in the comments section. Making bedtime a sweet time for our family works for me!