October Parenting Tip: Bedtime Means Communication

Bedtime is a great opportunity to connect with your children, understand what they are thinking, discuss important topics and bond with them.

In addition to reading, cuddling, and singing, it is always a good idea to leave a few minutes to talk with your children to find out about what is on their minds.

As parents, we are tired at the end of the day, however, putting in the extra time before that final kiss tonight will create long-lasting benefits.

However old your children are, asking the right questions will lead you on the path to opening up the doors for communication, now and in the future. These questions will teach your kids to strive to be better people, be grateful and  share their experiences with you.

  • What is one thing you are thankful for today?
  • What is one thing you can do better and improve upon tomorrow?
  • What is one thing you learned today?
  • What is one thing you are proud of yourself for today?
These conversation starters will invite parents into your children’s lives and be an active part of it. You may even learn something new about your child you never knew before.  Think about how well you really know your kids and the thoughts swirling around their heads.
Make this bedtime routine a tradition that grows with your children and encourage them to ask you the same questions.