I love bedtime. And not for the “hoorah, the boys are going to bed and now the house will be quite” reasons. Although those are good reasons. I love bedtime because of our bedtime routines.
I’ve always been a big fan of bedtime rituals. Early on it was for the kids, but I can see as they’ve gotten older, that it’s really for me.
We typically let the boys spend a little time reading before lights out, and now that school has started back, lights out is taking place even earlier. Then we pray and tell each one “good night, love you, see you in the morning.” That’s our bedtime mantra. “Good night, love you, see you in the morning.” And because the boys each have their own room now, we have to go to each bedroom, and say it invidually, to each boy; sometimes several times because it’s important in our household to have the last word. I have no idea where the boys get that from. But since you can never have enough “good nights, love yous, and see you in the mornings” it’s okay.
The other thing we typically do is sing. And while we don’t do this as often as we used to do when they were little, it’s still fun to pull this song out every now and then and make everyone sing along.
Goodnight, sleep tight, and pleasant dreams to you
Here’s a wish and a prayer that every dream comes true
And now ’til we meet again
Adios, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehn
So, consider yourself “tucked in” as we wish you a “good night, love you and see you in the morning.”
What are your families’ bedtime rituals? Do you have special prayers, songs or sayings that you use to get the kids ready for bed? Please share what sends your children off to bed with sweet dreams!