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Nighttime is one of the longest periods in a day that a child is separated from us. When we think about that loss of connection in the night, it can help to explain some bedtime difficulties we might encounter, like resistance going to bed or difficulty staying asleep / in their own bed or room. If we reframe our thinking to that fact that our kids aren't giving us a hard time, that maybe they're just having a hard time, it gives us the confidence to take the lead and find rituals that help to bridge that separation gap at night. 

☆give them your sweater: not a clean one (maybe not a filthy one either 😉), but one that smells like you. Give it to them to wear or cuddle with

☆hang a family photo: this way, when they wake in the night, they will have someone watching over them

☆read each other stories: each of you pick a book to read to each other. Even younger children can do this by either sharing a book they know well or telling a story through the pictures 

☆tell a story with no ending: tell a story that spans over at least several nights. Give everyone something to look forward to at the next night's bedtime

☆share a snack or warm drink: a small snack or wark drink can be very nurturing. 

☆sing songs: and get repetitive. Sing the same couple songs every night. This will help cue the brain and body that sleep is coming. 

What is your favorite nighttime connection ritual?
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Nighttime is one of the longest periods in a day that a child is separated from us. When we think about that loss of connection in the night, it can help to explain some bedtime difficulties we might encounter, like resistance going to bed or difficulty staying asleep / in their own bed or room. If we reframe our thinking to that fact that our kids aren't giving us a hard time, that maybe they're just having a hard time, it gives us the confidence to take the lead and find rituals that help to bridge that separation gap at night. ☆give them your sweater: not a clean one (maybe not a filthy one either 😉), but one that smells like you. Give it to them to wear or cuddle with ☆hang a family photo: this way, when they wake in the night, they will have someone watching over them ☆read each other stories: each of you pick a book to read to each other. Even younger children can do this by either sharing a book they know well or telling a story through the pictures ☆tell a story with no ending: tell a story that spans over at least several nights. Give everyone something to look forward to at the next night's bedtime ☆share a snack or warm drink: a small snack or wark drink can be very nurturing. ☆sing songs: and get repetitive. Sing the same couple songs every night. This will help cue the brain and body that sleep is coming. What is your favorite nighttime connection ritual? . . . #parenting101 #attachmentparenting #positiveparenting #momsofinsta #childpsychology #consciousparenting #parentguide #yycfamily #specialeducation #specialneeds #coregulation #teacherlife #mentalhealth #calgary #childdevelopment #teacherspayteachers #kidsconnect #yyc #yycparents #nighttime #bedtimeroutine #nighttimeroutine #connection #attachmentparenting #respectfulparenting