Bedtime Rituals Bring Sweet Dreams

A Different Kind of Bedtime Story
"Children love when their parents tell them stories from their own childhood or school experiences. It is also a good way to pass on family history and values. My children beg to hear stories about when I was a little boy. I highly recommend it as an occasional alternative to reading books."
~ Parent Soup member MarioDrum

Late Night Talks Work Wonders
"We struggled for quite some time with getting our children to stay in bed. My husband and I found ourselves dreading bedtimes. We have always done the usual rituals before they get into bed, but they never seemed to help them relax enough to actually stay in bed and go to sleep (they are 5 and 6 now). We finally found something that works to help them relax, we call it 'talking time.' We give the kids an extra 10 or 15 minutes to tell us three things they were proud of, or that they liked about during their day. It helps reduce separation anxiety, helps them to relax, and really boosts their self-esteem. Plus, I really enjoy spending time with them listening to their thoughts and feelings."
~ Parent Soup member INCHFAM

"I have a 9-year-old boy, but I have found that since he was about 3, it was during our late night talks that I heard about what was really going on in his head. I have found that many more things bother my son than I ever knew. He worries about pollution, animal extinction, nuclear waste, traffic accidents, drunk driving, to name a few. He certainly keeps me on my toes. When one of those nights occur when he wants to talk (and they don't always occur when it is convenient!), I get a blanket and pillow and lie on the floor in his room, and just listen. It is truly amazing the insights this child has. First he tells me about school, and everyday stuff, then hits the root of the problem. Listen to what your children don't say as well. That may tell you far more than what they do say. You may be surprised."
~ Stef, Arizona

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