A RIT­UAL OF OUR OWN TO BOND

Your Baby & Toddler - - Letters -

When my twins were about four years old we started our bed­time prayers rou­tine to­gether ev­ery night be­fore my hus­band and I tucked them in.

We then had a spe­cial rit­ual where I would say to them: “I love you my Nunu.”

They would re­ply: “Love you more my Nunuza.’’ Then we all say, “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed­bugs bite,’’ and kiss each other good­night.

This worked so well that even when away on sleep­overs they would call us be­fore they slept just to say, “Love you more my Nunuza.”

Re­cently my hus­band and I were blessed with a beau­ti­ful baby girl and though she is still a baby we plan on in­clud­ing her in our bed­time rit­ual. We all go to bed ev­ery night say­ing the same things to each other. It’s in­cred­i­bly heart­warm­ing.

Hope­fully, one day when they have kids of their own they’ll be able to do the same with them.

SHONEEZ SNYDERS, CAPE TOWN

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