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Making the Most of your Child’s Bedtime

The Spiritual Opportunity of Bedtime

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In this busy moving world, where people are engrossed with back to back appointments and conferences to attend and household chores, and youngsters all geared up with their aspirations and plans, do we really find time to spend quality time with our family?The answer from majority of us would be a No or a partial Yes. If the answer is a whole hearted yes, then you are excellent! But how and when could you find a time slot for this exclusive family time? It is none other than ‘Bedtime’. Bedtime is often a great opportunity find out what’s making our kids feel good, and what’s really bothering them. And you can even use bedtime to introduce a touch of spirituality into your children’s lives. Here’s how.

A few times a week just before going to sleep at night, ask your kids to come up with three things for which they would want to express thanks to God. This is a special way of recognizing our blessings.  By doing so, we open the door wider to the supreme consciousness, and to more blessings.

Bedtime is rich with other opportunities for connection too. If you ask your kids during the day what happened at school, you get the standard-issue answer: nothing. Anything  new at all?  Nope, nothing.  But that all seems to change just as we pull up the bedspread and tuck our kids into bed. Perhaps it’s the quiet, or perhaps it’s a natural time for kids to reflect on the day just passed and consider the one to come.

Whatever the reasons, bedtime is when our children want to talk to us. You may be tired, and ready for your day of parenting to come to an end, but it’s worth making a special effort. By lending our ears to them and being receptive to their problems, we help our children build more confidence in you and encourage them to approach you directly in case any issue crops up for which they require support.

It has also been pointed out by spiritual masters that Bedtime is a great time for affirmation. While our kids are dozing off, their brains are in a relaxed and receptive alpha state; we can remind them about their inner consciousness and their unlimited potential to handle their challenges and overcome their fears.


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Kalyani Shankar is a mother of twins and works as a German Linguist in an MNC. Amidst the jam packed busy life of a working mother, she looks forward to spending quality time with her kids when back home. Kalyani loves to introduce thought-provoking and fun activities that interest children. As a Balvikas spiritual educator for children, she strives to include ‘Spirituality and its Relevance’ in daily life situations and mentors parents on the same lines.

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  1. Ujwal

    Wow! What an interesting use of bedtime to connect with children! Really useful. Telling a story during bedtime is a great thing to do! I do that sometimes (can’t manage it all the time though) and I really find my kids glued to it… gives me a very good opportunity to ensure them my affection… irrespective of my busy work schedule! :-)


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