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Bath taken? PJs on? Teeth brushed? Check, check, and check. All three girls are ready for a chapter or two before bed, but for once, I'm itching to change things up. So instead of cracking Danny, the Champion of the World, I open our jewelry-making bin and we sprawl fireside on the living room floor to make bracelets.
Altering the routine is one thing; delaying bedtime is quite another. So we opt for basic bracelets made from our bead collection and a tangled-but-plentiful supply of colored elastic cord.
Soon everyone is chattering away while they hunt for beads. The goal may be to create a little bling, but as I hear about a "mean" substitute teacher, a new classroom bunny, and the songs that will be featured in an upcoming chorus concert, it's clear there is more to gain. Our news exchange is even more welcome on a night when togetherness has been elusive at the dinner table, where it's too easy for me to get bogged down in who's eating her broccoli and why it's polite to use a fork.
The bracelets-before-bed session was so successful, we now do it once a month. Here are some of our favorites: