1. Family Rituals Intro
2. Mealtime Rituals
3. Evening Time Rituals
4. Bedtime Rituals
A simple bedtime ritual can be a beautiful way to end the day with your child or children.
Here are a few ideas you may want to consider:
– The magic pillow moment by Andrew Newman, author of conscious bedtime stories. While tucking your child into bed, as they lay their head on the pillow, ask them:
*What are you creating for tomorrow/today?
*How do you want to wake up and feel tomorrow?
*What do you want to let go of today?
* What intention would you like to set for tomorrow? Write it on a paper towel, post-it, piece of paper and place under pillow.
– The Snuggle Breathing Meditation by Andrew Newman. Closing eyes down, you breathe in and out with your child and say:
Breathing in/out – I breathe for me
Breathing in/out – I breathe for you
Breathing in/out – I breathe for US
Breathing in/out – I breathe for all that surrounds us
A bedtime can be as simple as a unique nighttime kiss or nighttime saying. My husband has been doing a several step bedtime kiss with our girls since they were wee ones that has become so special and significant – yet it takes only moments and very little effort.
A saying from my childhood that I have said to our daughters when tucking them in at night goes like this – “Goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite, BUT if they do, GRAB a shoe, and beat them ’till they’re black and blue.” Again, simple, but meaningful.