Friday, December 28, 2012

On Bedtime Reading

*Originally published 1/18/12

One of the sweetest parts of our day is reading before bed.  We started our bedtime reading routine when my oldest son was about 15 months old.  I was weaning him from the bedtime nursing, but still wanted to cuddle on the couch.  So we started reading together every night.

In seasons of our lives, our bedtime reading has looked different.  Some nights we read in their rooms or on Mommy's bed.  Currently we have small group on Monday nights and the kids get to bed late so reading is limited to our bible.

But for the most part, we gather on the couch almost every night.  After the jammies have been located and teeth have been brushed, the kids grab blankets to snuggle and we read together.  The kids each pick out a book, plus we read a story in our children's bible.  This is also the time of day we read a chapter in our current read aloud. 

Through the years we read the entire Little House on the Prairie series, children's versions of Heidi, Pollyanna, and Moby Dick, and some of Boxcar children.  Our bedtime reading and coming together after a long day are some of my own sweetest memories with my children.

How do you close a day with your kids?

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