Is bedtime at your house like it is at mine: challenging? You would think that kids would wind down at the end of the day, but if you are a parent of young children, you know that it's quite the contrary. They seem bent on using up every last bit of energy before they lay down to recharge. Not an easy scenario when everything in you is calling, "Let's be DONE." What a great assurance (and convicting truth) to know that our Heavenly Father has never had that thought with us. Psalm 52:1 reminds us that, "The steadfast love of the Lord endures all the day." Truths like that give us the perspective we need to do all things well, things like putting kids to bed. "Let's be done" will keep us from making the most of the time.
So how do we make the most of this time? Here are some suggestions from the Simons playbook:
Work with them. Take a few moments to tidy up with your kids. There are a couple lessons to teach here. By helping them you show them servant leadership. As much as we would like to say, "clean your room" and have it perfectly done, there is a path to getting the that point and it involves our modeling it for them. The second lesson is simply teaching them to love a clean space. It is a good feeling to go to bed with things picked up (and even better to wake that way!).
[Read the rest of the post at For the Family.]