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#1 ~CSaM~

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 10:06 AM

I used to say a prayer every night before I went to bed and I'd like to continue that with my child/ren. Though I dont like the prayer I used to say:

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take


I dont know, I just don't think talking about death before going to bed is appropriate for a little child. A little bit too morbid for my liking huh.gif

So do you say a prayer with your child/ren before they go to bed? What do you say? Ideally I'd like to say the same thing each night so they can learn it smile.gif


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Posted 25 February 2011 - 10:23 AM

Hey there,

I don't know if this is really what you are after, but as a Christian, I'll be encouraging my kids to pray in their own way and say whatever they feel like at the time. I'll offer guidance and suggest that they thank God for the nice things that have happened that day and talk about anything that is on their mind, any troubles they might have etc. Basically anything goes. This is how we currently say grace, we don't follow a set prayer, so I think they will pick it up.

You could try the Lord's prayer, perhaps? Perhaps just a verse at a time because it's quite long. I don't know of any other set prayers although I'm sure there are squillions out there.
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Posted 25 February 2011 - 10:28 AM

We sing a little song (just the first verse & chorus though!) which Amelie picked up after having our friends kids over to stay. It's the "jesus loves me" one - we had to google the words because the ones we thought we heard were definitely not Christian biggrin.gif

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ETA - here is the "nicer" version of the one you are already using - I thought I had heard it differently somewhere

Now I lay my down to sleep
I pray the Lord, my soul to keep
Guide me safely through the night
And wake me with the morning light
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Posted 25 February 2011 - 10:28 AM

We used to say the Lords Prayer when we were kids and stayed at my Nanna and Pops. It was written on a beautiful heart shaped plate/wall hanging thing (think gold edged pink flowers smile.gif ). We used to use it until we learnt it off by heart.

We didnt do anything with my parents, and I am not religious now, but think fondly of it, because they were wonderful great grandparents.

I know your baby is only small, so am not sure how suitable it would be for a younger child.

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 11:56 AM

I thought of this little one some time ago. It may not be religious enough for some but of course you could tailor it however you like.


Today, I did well at .............

Tomorrow, I will try better ........

For (name), I hope for .............

I am grateful for .................


I plan to get it printed up for them and introduce it after G's fourth birthday.


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Posted 25 February 2011 - 12:09 PM

QUOTE(~Piper~ @ Feb 25 2011, 10:23 AM) View Post

I don't know if this is really what you are after, but as a Christian, I'll be encouraging my kids to pray in their own way and say whatever they feel like at the time. I'll offer guidance and suggest that they thank God for the nice things that have happened that day and talk about anything that is on their mind, any troubles they might have etc. Basically anything goes. This is how we currently say grace, we don't follow a set prayer, so I think they will pick it up.


Same. As Lily is so small and can't talk we just encourage her to put her hands together in prayer and we just say something on her behalf like "Dear Jesus, thank you for ...., please help me to have a nice sleep, Amen"

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 12:14 PM

It's nice to do "God bless........." and the child says someone's name. I used to do this with the triplets I was a nanny for. We would end up with a long list of names! They would even remember people they had only met a handful of times!

If you are raising your child as a Christian then I would be encouraging them to just talk to Jesus rather than always saying the same prayer. You could start off by encouraging your child to thank Jesus for things and then ask Him for help with other things.
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Posted 25 February 2011 - 03:51 PM

QUOTE(kibo @ Feb 25 2011, 11:28 AM) View Post

ETA - here is the "nicer" version of the one you are already using - I thought I had heard it differently somewhere

Now I lay my down to sleep
I pray the Lord, my soul to keep
Guide me safely through the night
And wake me with the morning light


Thank you. I really like that version.

QUOTE(Full of faith @ Feb 25 2011, 01:14 PM) View Post

It's nice to do "God bless........." and the child says someone's name. I used to do this with the triplets I was a nanny for. We would end up with a long list of names! They would even remember people they had only met a handful of times!

If you are raising your child as a Christian then I would be encouraging them to just talk to Jesus rather than always saying the same prayer. You could start off by encouraging your child to thank Jesus for things and then ask Him for help with other things.


After we'd say our prayers we'd say I love Mummy, I love Daddy, I love blah blah, all my family and God goodnight so I think we'll continue with that too. Kind of similar to the 'God bless' you said with the triplets

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