by Vicki Lansky
I'll bet you used a bedtime routine or ritual to help your baby get to
sleep, a cuddle in a rocking chair, a lullaby, perhaps a gentle back rub.
Well don't give up this lovely practice just because you think your child
has outgrown it. Just a few minutes together every night can give you and
your child the best quality time of all.
- Read, of course, even when kids are old enough to read to themselves.
A nightly chapter of a long and interesting book is a favorite bedtime
routine for my own kids. Or sometimes, listen together to a record or
tape or some good music.
- Insure sweet dreams by decorating a jar or box and filling it with
slips of paper on which you and the kids have written every good dream
you can think of. The kids can draw a slip from the "dream jar"
- Talk over the day's events; here's a great chance to compliment your
child on a special accomplishment or a quality you admire.
- Let older kids take on some of the routines for younger ones; they
can lead the bedtime parade and read the bedtime story too. And
remember, even pre-teens like a good bedtime snuggle in your bed or
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