At GIFT, we focus on Growing Intentional Families Together in all aspects of family life. Bedtime is one of those parts of family living that can benefit from intentionality. Many kids resist ending their activities. Bedtime can be a source of tension and frustration. Nighttime routines should help to calm a rambunctious child and prepare him for sleep. This is especially important for a child who finds transitions challenging. The best routines have a predictable format and include calm interactions like reading. Consider the topic of a story. Does it help soothe a child? Or get his engine racing? Some books are better suited for other times of the day.
One excellent book to consider, Good Night, Animal World by Giselle Shardlow blends perennial kid-friendly topics—animals and other kids—with yoga. The simple, repetitive text repeats the phrase “Good Night,” to each animal. With a multicultural flair, the story travels around the world to see the animals and children in their native settings. Emily Gedzyk has created lovely illustrations using children from around the world.