Before we moved I usually got home around 6:00 after picking Mackenzie up from school. By the time we ate dinner and had a bath it was pretty much bed time. I would hold her for a little bit while we watched a little sesame street and then I would put her in bed. Because of this small amount of time, I never took the time to read her books before bed, until about a month before we moved. Around that time I started sitting on the couch with her and read her about 4 or 5 books before bed time. Now that we've moved, we typically have a little more time and we don't have cable, so the TV is not distracting us and I can read several books to Mackenzie before bed.
I say all this to explain, that I'm a little behind in creating the routine I always wanted for Mackenzie. I always imagined reading to her before bed, lying her down and praying with her before bed. She was 22 months before I started reading to her on a regular basis, but finally at age 2, I finally have a routine, including the prayer.
Last week I started praying with Mackenzie when I put her in her bed and last night when I asked her if she was ready to go "night night", she responded with, "and pray". Yippee!
I'm thinking about reusing this bucket with pictures as a prayer bucket. On Marianna's blog a couple of years ago she mentioned a prayer bucket that her and her daughter used to pray before bed. Every night they would pick a name from the bucket and pray for that person. I figure I could use the same pictures and that's who we'd pray for. I need to update the bucket with some of our friends and maybe some other pictures, but for now it's a start.
Since I'm a little behind with this routine, what are some ways you pray with your kids? do you draw specific names or just generally pray every night?