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With school beginning next week, honestly I’m a little panicked at the thought of the new routine beginning. Our family’s summer seems to have passed so quickly and with the beginning of school we need not only a solid morning routine, but also a strong bedtime routine.
My husband and I established the habit of bedtime prayers with each of our children as infants and I’m so grateful that we did that. My mom prayed with me as a child each night for many years, probably until I was about 10 years old. Because of her training, I’ve always thought of prayer as the core element to bedtime routine. I may have told you before, but my kids even want Mommy and Daddy to pray over the phone with them at night when we are away.
The Ch@T prayer model is easy for me to remember since I’ve been using it for awhile and lately I’ve been modeling this prayer with my children at bedtime. I don’t ask each question associated with the model, but I do fill in the question with a statement. So it might go something like this:
Dear God, We are so thankful for who you are, the Creator of all the world. We are sorry for (fill in the blank with any issues from the day) and ask for your forgivness. Thank you for (fill in the blank with blessings from the day) Tonight we are asking for (requests for others and personal requests). We praise you for all you are doing in our lives. Thank you for (child’s name) and help (him/her) to know how much I love (him/her) and how much you love (him/her.) Amen.
While we haven’t strayed from our bedtime prayer routine, this summer we have definitely strayed from our bedtime routine otherwise. Honestly, a few times, a day at the pool was considered a bath or shower substitute. (Did I just admit that?)
In this post on bedtime tips, I mention that having a typical order of events gives children the opportunity to know what to expect and feel secure. Our bedtime schedule (before this wild and crazy summer!) has been bath, pajamas, hair, short playtime, snack, teeth, and books. However, with my hubby’s recent job change, he is getting home later from work. I think our “short playtime” is going to be eliminated from the middle of the order of events. Since my youngest two need to adjust from summer and to the new routine, I decided to make a bedtime routine checklist. I used blank lines on the checklist so you can fill in the order of your family’s bedtime routine. Click HERE or on the graphic below to open the free .PDF.
In addition to the bedtime routine checklist, Tommy Nelson has the sweetest book to help you establish a bedtime prayer routine! This little book called A Night Night Prayer features the cutest little snuggly alpaca who is learning how to quiet his voice, whisper good night to the world, and give thanks for all God has provided. The artwork in this book is adorable and I thought you’d like to see a preview:
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The bedtime bestselling favorite is sure to help your little ones enjoy getting tucked into bed and I’m excited to be giving away one copy of this sweet book! Just follow the Rafflecopter and I’ll see you tomorrow!
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