Monday, September 22, 2008

The Greatest Opportunity to Bond with Your Child....

... is at bedtime! Ever notice how they are independent and rambunctious, until bedtime, when suddenly they would do anything to stay awake. This is the most awesome opportunity to bond with your child, find out what they are really thinking, and influence them. Take advantage of this tonight! Spending even 5 to 10 minutes talking each evening makes a huge difference to their lives... and to yours.
Ideas on how to spend the time:
*Pray with them
*Talk to them
*Hug them
*Do a devotional
*Read a book
*Play a board game
*Tell them a story
*Ask about their day
*Ask them to make up a story
*Make shadow puppets on the wall
*Shine a flashlight through a straw hat and gaze at the "stars" on the ceiling
*Look out the window at the moon and marvel at God's creation
ANYTHING to spend time and create a bond. The closer they feel to you, the more likely they will value your opinions and help. Start young and don't stop till they move out. They just might call you from their new home to chat at bedtime. :-)
And don't forget to tell them you love them.

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