Kiss, hug, monkey blanket, book, pray. That’s the summation of my preschool-age son’s bedtime routine. His simple bedtime routine must mean the world to him because if I miss a beat or shake up the order, he lets me know that the universe is falling apart. If you want accountability for keeping a disciplined routine, just let preschoolers know of your intentions, and they will tirelessly remind you to stay the course. Order and predictability go a long way to reassure young children that their world is stable. Routines work the same way in reassuring us big kids, too. …
Gloria Furman lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with her husband, Dave, a pastor at Redeemer Church of Dubai. She is author of Glimpses of Grace.