Introduction:Childhood can be a crazy and confusing time. Not only for parents, but also for children. As they are growing, learning new things and becoming more responsible, it is important that children understand that, despite everything, they will always be loved. One way to help them understand that is with bedtime rituals.
Saying prayers is a great bedtime ritual. Getting Mom and Dad involved is important. Not only will it give the parents and child more time together, it will help the parents gain more insight on their child's concerns, hopes and dreams.
Reading is another wonderful bedtime ritual. Children must learn the importance of books and reading at a young age. Curling up next to them and reading is terrific way to let children know that reading is one of the greatest gifts.
Hugs and kisses should be a bedtime ritual for all children. Showing your child affection will help them feel safe and secure. Parents should also hug and kiss each other in front of their children. This will help the child understand that their parents love each other.
Cuddling is a bedtime ritual all parents should incorporate into their night time routine. Holding each other close makes the child feel loved and safe. Children crave physical contact and cuddling is a great way to meet that need.
Remembering the activities of the day is a super bedtime ritual for children. Spend a few moments with your child going over the happy events of the day. This will help younger children "use their words" and children of all ages will go to sleep with pleasant thoughts in their heads.
Children love consistency and companionship. Bedtime rituals will give them both. By adding bedtime rituals to your routine, you are letting your child know how important they are to you.
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