Parenting Challenge #6 – Snuggle and sing as they fall asleep

Memories are a funny thing. I have the most random memories from when I was a child. I remember almost drowning to the tune of the Jaws theme, and being rescued by my dad. I remember hiding from kids on the playground in preschool because they were making fun of me (and they were much older). I remember my dad singing to me as I fell asleep.

It didn’t happen every night. It didn’t need to in order for me to remember. Sometimes, he would come in and sing to me as I fell asleep. Other times, I would pretend to be asleep to see what he would do.

His baritone voice was comforting. Maybe that’s why when my husband starts praying now, while we are in bed together, I fall asleep. Blame it on my childhood sleep training, that smooth voice puts me out!

I remember feeling safe when dad would come and sing to me. I remember feeling like all was right with the world.

Today’s challenge is to sing to your children before they fall asleep. This is also one of my favorite times to snuggle with my little munchkins. I know it’s probably a stalling tactic, but I love it when they ask me to lay with them and sing them a song.


Gracie and Benjamin each have a hymn that is ‘their song’ that I sing to them at night. (I’m still trying to figure out what Levi’s song is). It’s a special time to lay with Gracie and sing her song. Then, I move on to Benjamin and lay with him and sing, “Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus.”

How much time does it take to go through one song? A few minutes at the most. I think that is definitely worth our time.


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  1. Ruth says:

    My son-in-law has sung to his children since birth. They are now 10 & 6. He sings 3 verses of Be Still My Soul regularly. Other songs are sung as time permits. When I am there to put them to bed my grand daughter, 6, sings Great is Thy Faithfulness along with me. How beautiful to hear a young child sing such a deeply theological hymn. As a 3 year old singing with me, she brought me to tears. Their mom, our daughter, is physically disabled, so the faithfulness of God in their lives is so very evident.

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