Wednesday, January 18, 2012

On Bedtime Reading

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?


Sarah beth said...

We love to close our day with prayer, everyone goes around and prays whatever the Lord puts on their hearts. We also love to read, we are reading Laura Ingalls and most nights we end with reading out of our Bibles. Its def a wonderful way to to get cozy and all the children can settle down. Tonight my daughter fell asleep! :}

Transient Drifter said...

I can't believe you read Moby Dick with your kids, even if it was a kids version. Still can't believe I let Carlisle talk me into reading it over Christmas break!

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