Bedtime Story Bonding
I remember reading to my oldest child when she was just a chubby babe at naptime and bedtime and I have done just that with all of my children since. At the end of a long day I can think of nothing more comforting then everyone in their pajamas, the lights dim, and the kids ready to read a good bedtime story.Sometimes we are reading a magical adventure mixed with historical facts, sometimes a wonderful nonfiction book, or it could be a classic ‘The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear.’I am currently reading specific books with the kids. My oldest (who is almost 12) and I started reading Anne Frank and have been enjoying her diary filled with well worded thoughts and humor. Anne was just 13, one year older then my daughter, when she started her writing. I thought it was perfect timing to read it together. We attended the play just recently and really loved seeing it come to life on stage. It was a beautifully done play. We laughed, we appreciated the circumstances, and we were filled with sadness at the end. We are just reading a little each night because she has other books she is reading as well.With my 7 and 4 year old boys I am reading ‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe’ by Lewis and need I say more? They are taken with the whole magical experience. Every night they are quiet and attentive (with the exception of tonight) ready to find out what adventures the ‘Sons of Adam’ and the ‘Daughters of Eve’ will find next. I love all of the Christian symbolism it holds and they like talking about it too!My baby who is 2 has a bin full of books next to her rocker and has several favorites. She and all of my babies have adored reading Audrey and Don Wood’s books. Three of our favorites are ‘Piggies’, ‘The Napping House’, and ‘The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear.’ I love the illustrations and the humor. These books have always brought smiles to their faces.
With our bedtime story we briefly discuss topics, characters, and who they would choose to be. We cry (ok maybe I am the only one crying) and we definitely laugh. I have found it is a bonding, quiet, sweet time. Bedtime stories are a favorite ritual of mine and I hope they will look back on it with fondness.