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The Most Important Part of Your Child’s Day


We’ve all heard the saying about getting up on the right side of the bed.  The way we start our day is very important.  But for a child, the way his day ends is almost more important. So set aside at least 15 minutes at bedtime and try the steps below to send your child into dreamland feeling secure, loved and connected to you.

  1. Make time.  If you want bedtime to be truly peaceful, you can’t rush it.  That means figuring out when the kids need to be in bed to allow you the time to make bedtime soothing, not hectic. 
  2. Make it routine.  Come up with a little routine or special way of saying goodnight.  Pull up your child’s covers and tell him you’re getting ready to send him to Dreamland.   If your children are older, still leave them with a kiss or a hug and a phrase you use nightly. As you walk out of their room say, “God bless you.” Or “Sleep well my darling.”  Tenderness is a soothing way to end their day.
  3. Make it meaningful.  This is the time to seal the end of the day with words and routines that bring your child peace.  Pray with him.  Read him a calming story.  Look over iMOM’s Espresso Minute Daily Email Archives and you’ll find a Pillow Talk question at the end of each one.  Use the question to look into your child’s heart and mind.
  4. Make it calm.  This is not the time to get riled up about your child’s messy room or the trouble he got into earlier in the day.  You want to leave your child with a loving feeling, not a troubled one.

[If bedtime is less than peaceful at your home, use these 5 steps to get bedtime under control.

3 other ways to make the most of your time:

  1. 15 Minutes: Replenish Yourself: Quiet Time for Power
  2. 15 Minutes: Revive Your Marriage: Marriage Mender
  3. 15 Minutes: Review Your Day to Make the Most of Tomorrow

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