Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Works For Me Wednesday - Daddy Time

I had some free time (ok, time when I was avoiding the 101 things I SHOULD have been doing LOL) so was browsing other blogs & came across Rocks In My Dryer and liked her idea for works for me Wednesday. Basically every Wednesday she, and now lots of other people, post about something they've figured out that works for their family. So I thought I'd join in the fun . . .

One of the best "traditions" that we kind of stumbled into is "talk time". DH works LONG hours and even though the girls have a later than most bedtime, by the time he gets home there's not much time before they have to go to bed. I don't really remember how it started, I THINK it started with one of the girls, A, I think, being upset that she hadn't gotten to talk to Daddy at all that day so he told her they could talk for a few minutes before they went to sleep (the girls have always had one of us sit in their room while they're falling asleep, so it was just a slight extension of that time). So over time it's become just a part of the bedtime routine. The girls potty & brush teeth (and bath if it's a bath night), then we read stories, and their Sabbath School lesson, then I say goodnight & leave Daddy up with the girls for "talk time". It gives the 3 of them some nice time to connect with each other on a daily (or almost daily) basis. And talk time is generally the thing the girls comment on and are sad about on the nights that Daddy gets home too late & isn't there when they need to go to sleep. I'm not 100% sure what all they talk about, they generally ask Daddy about his day (how many tires did you sell today Daddy?) and he asks about theirs. From there I think it just kind of moves in whatever direction they take it. Depending on how tired they are it can be a couple minutes or half an hour.

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3 comments:

Lorraine said...

We do something like that too. Daddy reads bedtime stories to all of the kids whenever he is here (we're a navy family, he's gone alot.)

Amy said...

Daddy puts our daughter to bed here. It works well for us, too, since he's often gone by the time she's up in the morning.

Welcome to WFMW!

Ann said...

The beautiful thing is that the effects of talk time will last their entire lives. What a lovely way to bond with Daddy.