You’ve heard it time and again, but it’s true…! The children don’t stay little long and before you know it, their off on their own. Embrace the time you have with your little ones. That’s easy to say and much harder to do as you deal with 2 and 3 year old antics. Yet, continue to tell yourself, it IS worth it. Consider some bedtime rituals. My older children have told me that they especially loved the nights after the lights were out, when I would go in, lie on their bed and just talk with them. Actually, I mostly listened and let them pour out their hearts to me. There is something about that time of night, lights out, alone with mom, that really gets them talking. I found that the children wanted this ritual even as they got older. They really enjoyed when I would take turns asking each of them (if more than one child was in the room) the same question such as “What made you laugh today?” “What would you love to have for dinner if you could have anything?” “Do you know my mom and dad’s name?” “Tell me the name of two continents.” “Would you rather me scratch your back, play with your hair, or rub your feet?” But mostly they just wanted to talk about their day.