Another great venue for communication is bedtime. When children are small it is so important to create a bedtime routine. Many of these routines include reading to your child and singing before they go to sleep. The important thing about these sweet times with our children is just getting to be with them in these last few moments of their day. As our children grow, many times we leave these “bedtime routines” behind. Bedtimes can even become a battle and a time of frustration for both parent and child.
Many times if a bedtime routine can be put back into place a battle can be avoided. Instead of rocking your child to sleep with a song, you can sit with them on their bed and listen. For many kids a hard day is being processed through in these last moments before going to sleep. If we are there in these moments with our older kids, just listening, we can help by offering support or even just the comfort of mom or dad. The great bedtime moments don’t have to be left behind as our kids get older. We again just have to be intentional in giving our kids our time and teaching communication.