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Bedtime stories: priceless moments
A bedtime story is the perfect ingredient for a good night sleep.
Bedtime is one of the most important moments of the day for all children. Reading a bedtime story to a child helps them make the transition between their very busy and active day and the time to close their eyes, relax and sleep.
You would not tell a child that sleeping is good for them because some researchers have demonstrated that “the brain uses sleep to wash away the waste toxins of a hard day’s thinking”, would you?
When done routinely, at the end of the day, the bedtime story comes as a self-explanatory moment. It is like telling the child, “Now is time for you to calm down after a long day you have had. Relax on your bed, close your eyes and listen to this story that will take you to the wonderful land of your imagination.”
Yes. Imagination is the key to open the door to the child’s sleep.
Reading a bedtime story is a nice routine that costs nothing to the parents but a few minutes of their time, which represents hours in a child's mind.
This evening, as you take your children to sleep, why don’t you spare five minutes of your time to read them a story? Just by saying the words BEDTIME STORY, you will see their eyes shine and a big smile upon their face.
Not only will you give them your time, you give them a moment to cherish together and memories for life.
I, sometimes, don’t read a book at all, simply because my children love when I invent new stories. They participate in choosing either the names of the characters or the location of the story. I then imagine with them a world of princesses and great castles, flying frogs and cheesy moons… that changes every day afterwards, as they ask to include new characters or new bits in the story.
And sometimes, some of these stories I invent end up published as real books, so that other parents get to read them as bedtimes stories to their own children!
A bedtime story is just a priceless moment.
J.N. PAQUET is a children’s author and journalist who lived in France for 20 years, in Britain for 10 years and in Brazil for 3 years. Father of three trilingual children, he has written over 40 children’s books — translated into nine languages — including the highly acclaimed bilingual children’s books series “The Book of The Animals” and “The T-RRIBLE.” Through his books, he aims to promote literacy and bilingualism around the world, promote fun-learning as a positive attitude towards reading and provide inspiration for the next generation of young readers and writers.