Catholic FAQ


Latest Threads
newest posts



Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Catholic Living > Family Life > Parenting
 

Welcome to Catholic Answers Forums, the largest Catholic Community on the Web.

Here you can join over 400,000 members from around the world discussing all things Catholic. Membership is open to all, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, who seek the Truth with Charity.

To gain full access, you must register for a FREE account. Registered members are able to:
  • Submit questions about the faith to experts from Catholic Answers
  • Participate in all forum discussions
  • Communicate privately with Catholics from around the world
  • Plus join a prayer group, read with the Book Club, and much more.
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free. So join our community today!

Have a question about registration or your account log-in? Just contact our Support Hotline.

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search Thread Display
  #1  
Old Apr 11, '12, 11:19 am
bearkatjen bearkatjen is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: January 30, 2012
Posts: 96
Religion: Catholic
Default Bedtime prayer for a toddler

I'm looking for a simple bedtime prayer for a toddler. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  #2  
Old Apr 11, '12, 11:36 am
bluerose bluerose is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: June 15, 2004
Posts: 2,805
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Bedtime prayer for a toddler

"Good night, sweet Jesus our Savior,
Good night, sweet Mary our Mother,
We give you tonight our hearts, our souls, and our lives,
Keep us from sin tonight and forever. Amen"

My husband grew up saying this prayer... says when he's feeling anxious, he still says it before he goes to sleep!
__________________
BlueRose

www.amymbennettbooks.com

NOW AVAILABLE from amazon.com: "No Lifeguard on Duty", the second book in the Black Horse Campground series, from Oak Tree Press!
  #3  
Old Apr 11, '12, 11:45 am
Ophelia23's Avatar
Ophelia23 Ophelia23 is offline
Regular Member
Prayer Warrior
 
Join Date: April 4, 2012
Posts: 2,764
Religion: Roman Catholic
Default Re: Bedtime prayer for a toddler

We say the same prayers every night before going to bed.

"Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. If I live for other days, I pray the Lord to guide my ways, Amen.

God bless Mama, and Papa, and xxx, and Ophie and all of our Fish, and grandma and grandpa xx, and grandma and grandpa xxxx, and all of our aunts and uncles and cousins; and all of our friends, and all who have hurt us, and every little boy and girl and person in the whole world, Amen."

Then we each taking a turn saying who we have "special prayers" for. My 20 month old is adorable with this. Usually her special prayers consist of "Papa. Mama. My bear! Ummm.. books. Amen."

Then we conclude with the Lord's prayer.

For the record, Ophie is the cat. Our daughter finds it crucial the cat be included.
  #4  
Old Apr 11, '12, 11:49 am
Ophelia23's Avatar
Ophelia23 Ophelia23 is offline
Regular Member
Prayer Warrior
 
Join Date: April 4, 2012
Posts: 2,764
Religion: Roman Catholic
Default Re: Bedtime prayer for a toddler

Quote:
Originally Posted by bearkatjen View Post
I'm looking for a simple bedtime prayer for a toddler. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!
On second thought, our prayers may not appear simple at a first glance. But after repeating the same prayers every night, our toddler has come to expect it and she loves the "special prayers" portion where she can pray for whatever she wants.

Having regular prayer times is so important! It encourages and fosters our children to establishing their own prayer life. Nothing makes me happier or more proud as a mama when my baby girl will randomly say "Pray, mama!" and then we pray. It could be in the car, while at the park, while watching a movie... it's awesome. It makes me so incredibly joyful to hear her sweet little voice offering prayers.
  #5  
Old Apr 11, '12, 11:55 am
A G's Avatar
A G A G is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: November 1, 2011
Posts: 617
Religion: Roman Catholic
Default Re: Bedtime prayer for a toddler

Bedtime Protection Prayer

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, strengthened by the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Blessed Michael the Archangel, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the Saints and Angels of Heaven, and powerful in the holy authority of the name His Name, I subject my mind and my dreams only to the work of the Holy Spirit. I ask you Lord to bind up all powers of darkness and forbid them to work in my dreams or any part of my subconscious while I sleep.

Amen.
  #6  
Old Apr 11, '12, 11:58 am
kristacecilia's Avatar
kristacecilia kristacecilia is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: July 3, 2004
Posts: 2,394
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Bedtime prayer for a toddler

the Angel of God:

Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this night be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen

Followed by a paternal blessing with holy water:

May the Lord keep you and make you grow in His love, that you may live worthy of the calling He has given you now and forever. (child: Amen).

My kids love getting their nightly blessing. They all love shouting AMEN! At the end and the girls- 4 and 2- ask for their own holy water drops on their fingers to bless their baby dolls.
__________________
Krista

Wife to my hockey-lovin', Canadian guy
Mom to two boys , and three girls
  #7  
Old Apr 11, '12, 12:00 pm
SummerSmiles's Avatar
SummerSmiles SummerSmiles is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: November 18, 2010
Posts: 1,095
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Bedtime prayer for a toddler

We say the "Angel of God" prayer:

Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom God's love, commits me here,
Ever this day, be at my side,
To light and guard, to rule and guide.

Then we let each person pray for something that they want to pray for. My kids take turns leading: that just means they get to pick who goes next when we get to the individual prayers. The kids love having their own night to lead, and they keep track of whose turn it is mostly on their own. And they love being able to pray for the people/things they like. Usually my 3 year old ends up praying for her train sets. . And they always pray for our dog, too!
__________________
  #8  
Old Apr 11, '12, 12:03 pm
SonCatcher SonCatcher is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 30, 2010
Posts: 6,033
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Bedtime prayer for a toddler

We just say a decade of the Rosary with them. Actually, we discovered when we chant it, the kids catch on to the words more quickly. At ages 6 and 4, our children now know most of the Rosary in 3 languages (Vietnamese, English and Latin) and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in 2 languages (Vietnamese and English).

Ophelia's family prayer reminds me of one my family had growing up:

"God bless Mommy and Daddy, <list of us kids> A and B and C, too. Help us all to be good, dear Lord. These things we ask of You. God bless Grandmother and Grandfather X. God bless Grandmother and Grandfather Y. God bless Great-Grandmother and Great-Grandfather Z. God bless Great-Grandmother X. <basically, those still living> God bless our aunts and uncles and cousins and all our friends and in Jesus' name, AMEN."
__________________
-John
  #9  
Old Apr 11, '12, 12:26 pm
Em_in_FL Em_in_FL is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 7, 2006
Posts: 7,971
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Bedtime prayer for a toddler

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ophelia23 View Post
We say the same prayers every night before going to bed.

"Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. If I live for other days, I pray the Lord to guide my ways, Amen.

God bless Mama, and Papa, and xxx, and Ophie and all of our Fish, and grandma and grandpa xx, and grandma and grandpa xxxx, and all of our aunts and uncles and cousins; and all of our friends, and all who have hurt us, and every little boy and girl and person in the whole world, Amen."

Then we each taking a turn saying who we have "special prayers" for. My 20 month old is adorable with this. Usually her special prayers consist of "Papa. Mama. My bear! Ummm.. books. Amen."

Then we conclude with the Lord's prayer.

For the record, Ophie is the cat. Our daughter finds it crucial the cat be included.
We do roughly the same thing at night...


Quote:
Originally Posted by kristacecilia View Post
the Angel of God:

Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this night be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen

Followed by a paternal blessing with holy water:

May the Lord keep you and make you grow in His love, that you may live worthy of the calling He has given you now and forever. (child: Amen).

My kids love getting their nightly blessing. They all love shouting AMEN! At the end and the girls- 4 and 2- ask for their own holy water drops on their fingers to bless their baby dolls.
We do this in the mornings!
__________________
~Emily
Happy wife and mom to 2 boys and 2 girls!

Tailgate in style! - SharperTailgating.com
  #10  
Old Apr 11, '12, 1:43 pm
bearkatjen bearkatjen is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: January 30, 2012
Posts: 96
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Bedtime prayer for a toddler

These are all great suggestions, thank you! Ophelia, we include our cats in our prayers too.
  #11  
Old Apr 11, '12, 4:27 pm
melissa b melissa b is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: November 24, 2011
Posts: 37
Religion: Roman Catholic
Default Re: Bedtime prayer for a toddler

We do a slight adaptation on the "Now I lay me..."--
Now we lay you down to sleep
We pray the Lord your soul to keep
May God be with you through the night
And wake you with the morning light.
(Our 4 year old now uses I and me, while my husband and I still say you for him and our 1 year old.)

We then pray for an end to abortion, referring to it as praying a Hail Mary for all babies in the womb and their mommies and daddies (unspoken: to make good choices for them)

Finally, our 4 year old asks God to bless each of us by name, and we echo each request.
  #12  
Old Apr 11, '12, 4:57 pm
TuAutem TuAutem is offline
Junior Member
Prayer Warrior
 
Join Date: June 16, 2011
Posts: 298
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Bedtime prayer for a toddler

We also pray a decade of the rosary together. We started when our oldest was around 3, and he's 4 now, here are the pros and cons I've experienced through a year of doing this.

PROS:
* It is a platform to teach them the faith. We printed out and laminated colour pictures of the mysteries, and talk about what's happening in each picture before we pray our decade. With each time we cycle through the mysteries of the rosary, he learns a little bit more about Jesus and Mary, and each time I come up with more moral lessons, appropriate to his age, that I can mention with them.
* It teaches the standard prayers. At three years old he could follow along with the Our Father and Hail Mary (when he was in a cooperative mood, anyway!). He learns the Gloria Parti and how to make the sign of the cross. If he were saying "kids prayers"--nothing against that, we do use those too for grace at meals, and on waking in the morning--he would have to learn the "grown up prayers" separately. This way, they will be prayers he grows up having 'always' known.
* By setting intentions, the child can still set out his concerns or special causes to the family prayer time. In our case, the beneficiaries tend to be either "everybody" or "Fernando Alonso" (the race car driver, as he has been told he cannot pray for race cars, but only their drivers!)...
* It is a great bedtime ritual. In fact the nights when he most insists on the rosary are the nights he is most tired out. It is a great way to transition from play time to bed time through a common ritual.
* It is a prayer that can be shared by the whole family. You can never out-grow the rosary, the way you can with kids prayers. There have even been times when we've had house guests, and ending the day with the family rosary has allowed us to invite them to join in. So it can be an opportunity to witness to our faith as well. Everyone can have their own meditations, but still share in the same prayer time together. That is something that is much harder to achieve with 'kid' forms of prayer or with free-form prayer.

CONS:
* Toddlers are toddlers. There will be nights when you are there, saying your Hail Marys with determination while your child throws a fit, or acts up. These are counterbalanced by the nights where he prays along like a little angel, but there will be plenty of both.
* You do need to continually stay engaged and willing to adapt the rosary / ritual to keep it interesting for the kids. Finding pictures for the mysteries, lessons or stories to go with them, adding in a candle, etc. Sometimes just the counting of the beads has occupied all his attention. So you have to be flexible.
* To some extent, for the child, it can be ritual for ritual's sake (but then so are most things for a child at that age). He can say the prayers with me, or he can count his beads, or he can look at the picture for the mystery. But he cannot do all three at the same time. If he did have kiddie prayers, it might be possible for him to truly follow every word.

On the balance, I think the family rosary is well worth pursuing, not least because so many popes have also encouraged it. It requires a lot of the parents--on the one hand, you have to be very pro-active, finding ways to make the rosary interesting, but on the other hand, being able to just finish it even when the kids are in total opposition. But I think there is no better way to enable everyone, from age 2 to 92, to all pray together, as well as to cover the whole content of the faith, as it is summarised in the mysteries.
  #13  
Old Apr 11, '12, 6:39 pm
melissa b melissa b is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: November 24, 2011
Posts: 37
Religion: Roman Catholic
Default Re: Bedtime prayer for a toddler

We also started doing a decade of the rosary each night during Lent and have opted to keep that as part of our prayers each night. For now, it's mostly the 4 year old who participates, but the 1 year old enjoys passing out rosaries to everyone each night and collecting them again at the end.

When we started, our older son already knew the Hail Mary and Our Father, and he has since learned the Glory Be and even part of the Apostles Creed! We have a rosary book for children that we read a mystery from each night and he looks forward to hearing the story before we start.
  #14  
Old Apr 11, '12, 6:42 pm
ZoeyBdo ZoeyBdo is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: March 17, 2012
Posts: 197
Religion: Roman Catholic
Default Re: Bedtime prayer for a toddler

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ophelia23 View Post

"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.
Amen
This is what I grew up saying, and still stand by it. Additional prayers added when needed based on circumstances.

Some now "shy" away from it due to the "If I should die" part ~ I disagree.
  #15  
Old Apr 11, '12, 6:50 pm
maryjk maryjk is offline
Prayer Warrior
 
Join Date: July 4, 2005
Posts: 9,288
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Bedtime prayer for a toddler

Quote:
Originally Posted by A G View Post
Bedtime Protection Prayer

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, strengthened by the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Blessed Michael the Archangel, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the Saints and Angels of Heaven, and powerful in the holy authority of the name His Name, I subject my mind and my dreams only to the work of the Holy Spirit. I ask you Lord to bind up all powers of darkness and forbid them to work in my dreams or any part of my subconscious while I sleep.

Amen.
That would have to be some toddler.

We started with the Glory Be. When he got that, we moved onto the Hail Mary. And finally, the Lord's Prayer.

My sister, not a practicing Catholic started with,
Quote:
I see the moon, the moon sees me.
God bless the moon, God bless me.
__________________
"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." Margaret Thatcher

Making good people helpless, won't make bad people harmless.
Closed Thread

Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Catholic Living > Family Life > Parenting

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search Thread
Search Thread:

Advanced Search
Display

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump



Prayer Intentions

Most Active Groups
8570Meet and talk,talk talk
Last by: SueZee
5243CAF Prayer Warriors Support Group
Last by: James_OPL
4436Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother
Last by: DesertSister62
4037OCD/Scrupulosity Group
Last by: eschator83
3903Let's empty Purgatory
Last by: RJB
3877SOLITUDE
Last by: beth40n2
3471Petitions Before the Blessed Sacrament
Last by: Amiciel
3322Poems and Reflections
Last by: Purgatory Pete
3237Catholic Vegetarians & Vegans
Last by: 4elise
3172For seniors and shut- ins
Last by: SueZee



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:53 pm.

Home RSS Feeds - Home - Archive - Top

Copyright © 2004-2014, Catholic Answers.