Why I don’t read to my kids before bed and what I do instead

 

Have you ever heard that the night before you take a test, you should study right before you go to bed. Supposedly the last 5 minutes before you go to bed go into long term memory more easily and are remembered more often. I would do this before bed in college and found it helpful. I would often have to memorize Bible verses for class and it would calm me and help me remember to review them as I was falling asleep.

When my kids were infants I started singing the same songs to them every night. It has helped all of them but for a few months Julia would basically fall asleep when I started singing “Amazing Grace”. It was amazing!

I still sing songs to them that are rich with theological truths but I have started saying the Lord’s Prayer and the Apostles Creed to them before bed. They have both of them mostly memorized so I’m starting to think about what to add in next. I read to them other times of the day, but usually not right before bed. Right before bed I want to fill their long term memory with as much of Jesus as possible. I pray that as they learn what these words mean that my children will know God personally and worship Him.

Julia turned 2 and a half yesterday:)

Isn’t she adorable!?!

Have you tested this theory? What do you think?

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