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Bedtime is an important time for your children, not only because sleep is important, but because you are making sweet memories they will cherish forever. When you make bedtime a focal point of the day, a time that you spend with your little ones before putting them to bed, they will greatly benefit.

At the end of the day, you may be ready to run and jump in your bed. However, it’s important not to rush through your child’s bedtime routine. Biologically, they crave your company, especially before bed because they need to feel safe and secure to sleep well. So, even if you are exhausted, make sure you are present during your little one’s nightly routine, and make sure that you make it count.

Here are 6 important things to say to your child before bed.

1. What do you remember most from your day?

Push your child to reflect by asking them about their day. Listen to them when they tell you how things unfolded, and ask if they would like your advice if need be. Otherwise, just allow them to reflect.

2. What could have gone better today?

During your reflection time, pay attention to how they say their day went. Push them to think about points that may not have gone so great and ask them how they could have gone better.

3. I love you.

Always, always end the day by letting you know they love you. Don’t say I love you because you did (insert x,y, or z here) but instead, let them know you love them unconditionally.

4. Tomorrow is a fresh start.

Little kids can have a bad day and feel like it’s the end of the world. This is why it’s super important to remind them that every day is a fresh start. Encourage them to think about how they intend to do that the next day.

5. I’m so happy I am your parent.

You might think that they know it, but remind them anyways. Always remind them every single night that you are thankful to be their parent.

6. What are you most grateful for?

I love this one because it is an easy way to start a gratitude practice with your little one. By doing this, you adjust their focus from the negative and place it back on positivity. Not only will this benefit their mental health, but it also improves their mindset.