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15 Statements to Encourage Your Kids at Bedtime

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Bedtime is an important part of the day and the family routine, especially when kids are little. In our family, when our kids were little, we ended the day with reading, prayers, hugs, personal bedtime routines (piggy toes, repeat phrases, and so on), and tucking each child into bed. Since kids at bedtime are a captive audience, it’s a great time to offer encouraging words for children.

What I found was that these brief moments at their bedsides right before telling them goodnight were golden opportunities to speak life and love to my kids at the end of every day. Here are 15 statements to encourage your kids at bedtime.

Bedtime is an important part of the day and the family routine, especially when kids are little.
  1. I’m thankful for you.
  2. You’re special to me.
  3. You’re one of God’s greatest gifts in my life.
  4. You make me proud to be a dad.
  5. You are one of my favorite people.
  6. You are one of the most fun people in my life to spend time with. (You could add the word “because” to the end of all these first six statements for a more personal touch.)
  7. You made my day when you said/did _______.
  8. Never forget that I love you no matter what.
  9. I always look forward to your hugs.
  10. I love how you always make me laugh.
  11. You matter to so many people, including me.
  12. I can’t imagine our family without you.
  13. You are so gifted in the area of _______.
  14. Tomorrow is a brand new day, and I can’t wait to enjoy it with you.
  15. I love you more than you will ever know.
Sound off: What are some other encouraging words for children at bedtime?

Huddle up with your kids and ask, “What could I do to make you feel more loved at bedtime?”