Bedtime prayers grow up

Does your fourth grade daughter say the same rhymed bedtime ditty as her toddler brother? Start the school year with a new age-appropriate bedtime routine.

• Preschool to second grade: This age group loves routine and repetition, and bedtime is a wonderful opportunity to pass on treasured prayers. Hold hands and say the Our Father, Hail Mary, or Glory Be together.

• Third to sixth grade: Don’t let those First Communion presents gather dust. Independent readers can be encouraged to take a few minutes before bed to read a chapter from a children’s Bible or a children’s prayer book. Take the rosary from its velvet box and say a few beads together.

• Seventh grade to high school: Give adolescents a journal and encourage them to write their prayers as letters to God. Find a teen devotional and help your child remember to turn to it after a difficult day. When a heavy homework load means you go to bed before your child, stop for a quick prayer on your way up.

• All ages: No one’s too old to appreciate a good blessing. Trace a cross on your child’s forehead and pray that God gives your child wisdom, strength, and grace to be the best person he or she can be.

—by Annemarie Scobey  from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the 2010 General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association. Here’s a sample issue.

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One Response

  1. This was such a great post. I grew up saying the same prayers over and over and it cripples me to this day. When I have children, I definitely want to follow the advice you gave on this post. I especially love when you say to say a prayer for your child when they’re up later than you with schoolwork. Great job!

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