After long and hectic days, most parents simply want to slouch on the sofa and catch their breath. Taking care of the kids, dealing with difficult co-workers and a pile of tasks still left undone makes parents want to rush the kids’ and just take a short respite. Despite our knowledge that kids need quality time with their parents and that reading to them before bedtime is a wonderful activity that can instill love of reading to your kids as much as serve as a bonding activity, it can still be a very difficult task especially if you are stressed or pressured.
Instead of looking at kid’s bedtime as another chore to accomplish, try thinking of it as the best time of your day. You have worked so hard as parents so that you can support and care for your kids. And you do realize that they will not stay as kids for long so you should always take advantage of the time that you can have with them.
Be ready to climb upstairs for your kids’ bedtime and every once and a while, forgo all the chores or the TV to stay, snuggle and hold them. Kids have that sweet scent and innocent chatter can easily calm and relaxes your nerves. Read stories to your kids. Make different voices for each of the characters and sing songs for them. Ask your kids how their day went and about the activities they had during the day. Enjoy them. Being with them during this quiet time will easily remind you what your life as parent is all about. Your kids are the reason why you are working so hard, they are the purpose of your life. This realization will give you fresh perspective and even bring you peace.
So every once and a while, take of your shoes and get into bed with them. Soon your kids will all be grown up and will live their own lives. Make sweet memories of all the time you have with them especially those quiet moments before kids’bedtime. You will be thankful that you did your best to appreciate them despite the pressure and challenges.
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