However, I have found it invaluable in setting the tone for a calm lead-up to bedtime and having the children understand that this is actually not negotiable. (That is not to say that they don’t try and that there are often a procession of requests for extra stuff: some water, a snack, a cuddle…) Nonetheless, the framework is clear and we do usually get the children into bed even if there is some resistance and bouncing around.
And that leaves the evening open for some blessed adult or me time…
And the kids will hopefully get their full quota of sleep in, which makes the mornings slightly more pleasant than terrible.
Saying good night is essential
I strongly believe in saying good night, every night, for two reasons.
The first is that it draws a line under the day. Today is done, we need to be grateful for the blessings and the lessons and close the book on the hurts and disappointments. We need to be ready to welcome tomorrow and what it holds. And we really really should take the chance for one last bedtime cuddle before tucking the children in and kissing them goodnight.
But more importantly, one of the sad things about adulting is the key truth that tomorrow is not promised. And I hate the thought of not having said good bye if I shouldn’t wake up tomorrow morning.
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The other alternative is this: watch and listen to Susan Sarandon’s beautiful reading of this tale on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yu_g5x3ZoQ