Our bedtime stories and prayers
Hi guys ! I'm so happy to be back with a new post ! Unfortunately the last few months have been pretty jam packed with work life and mom life so I had to put the blog on hold for a bit. I hope you all had some amazing holidays with your loved ones & oh ! Happy new year ! It's 2018 guys . WOW. I mean seriously, I cannot believe how fast 2017 went by. Well we all know that a new year comes with a new set of goals as well ( I know it's not just me ).
Today I'm going to be sharing one of my own personal family goals that I've tried to stay consistent with for the past few years now. That goal is *wait for it* lol ... BEDTIME STORIES AND PRAYERS (along with a few other steps added into our nighttime routine of course).
The reason why this is one of our most important daily goals is because there is so much importance and meaning behind it. I've been reading to my oldest Landon every single night since he was a baby, he is now 5. As many of you know I also have more children now and it's been something that we have stuck to as a family.
We all know that being a parent can be very stressful and our days seem to be never ending . Sometimes it's hard to "make time" for certain things and some days we forget things , and I mean we're only human. IT IS OKAY. Overall this is one of the things that I try my absolute hardest to do every single day. Incorporating reading and praying into our nighttime routine has built such an amazing bond with my children and I. It's something we all enjoy and cherish. There's even days where Landon has to remind me, "mom! Don't forget our books & prayers" & honestly I love that. He looks forward to it just as much as I do.
There's some days that are longer work days than others and unfortunately I'm not able to be at home as much throughout that day, but even those days being able to come home & read and pray with my kids seems to make everything better. It gives me the opportunity to do the bonding I wasn't able to do earlier that day. Not to mention all of the great educational reasons behind reading aloud to your children. Here's just a few:
1. It expands their attention span
2. Helps with language development
3. Creates an interest in reading
4. Helps build their comprehension
AND THE LIST GOES ON !
The second part of our routine is PRAYING! To me it has always been a great deal to instill faith and god into my children. And once again, these are just my own personal beliefs. At a young age it may be hard for them to understand religion, but it doesn't hurt to give them a little introduction & let them know the power of prayer. There's many things to be thankful & grateful for.
Years ago I decided to teach my oldest son his prayers in Spanish. Although he mainly speaks English, I would love for my kids to all be bilingual one day. Now that he is older he is fully able to pray in Spanish AND English all on his own. I recently decided to introduce the Spanish prayers to my step children as well & they love it. Our youngest who is one doesn't fully talk yet but he is always there listening ;) .
Throughout the years we've incorporated other things into our routine as well, I'll touch up on those in another post ;) ! Stay tuned .
Thanks for reading ! Feel free to reach out with any comments!