The children and I have a little "bedtime-ritual" that we do every night. In turn, they each say their prayers, cast a Circle about themselves (it's good practice at simple energy manipulation techniques,) and then I give them "Sweet Dreams" which is just me strengthening their Circle while saying a little incantation that was written just for them (one of many, but we do have our favorites.)
We hold hands while saying prayers, not all together, the routine is done one child at a time. The youngest, Aurora, loves participating in this, though I hadn't had intentions of beginning this with her until she was three. Tonight, however, she decided to change things.
She's been talking quite a bit lately, repeating everything (mimicking, too,) and identifying objects and pictures in books. Still, I was quite surprised that as I took her little hands in mine and began to recite the prayer, she would choose to repeat the prayer after I said each line. Granted, though she did mostly pick words from each line to say, she did repeat the second line entirely! I'm thrilled. I was so proud of her. She's been working very hard at being a big girl and doing things on her own. She didn't even cry at all today when she got her finger pricked to have her iron levels checked today at the clinic.
Now, if only I could stop this " big-girl" behavior a bit, at least when it comes to her thinking she can walk down the stairs all by herself. At least she holds onto the railing...
Throwing the Bones