John and Noel tucked in their children as John began to sing his favorite german hymn. Ten year old Karsten couldn’t let them leave, he needed to know about the red light that used to shine when daddy sang that song.
Nine years earlier, John used to walk the hallway in their German apartment singing and pacing to get Karsten to sleep. The hallway ran from kitchen to bathroom – and over the bathroom door was a small red light that glowed when the heater came on.
Karsten was one when the Pipers inadvertently connected a favored hymn and a red light; simply through a repeated process. After they moved, Karsten was not reminded about the light. It wasn’t the focus of family discussions. In fact, I doubt the Pipers ever gave it thought. Yet, it stayed connected.
How much more power does intentional repetition have?
The weeks before Christmas can be hugely busy; yet it’s also the perfect time to build a sense of wonder in your child – and a repetition within your family. In the life of a child routine is vital. It helps them make sense of things. It helps them learn. It gives them an anchor to turn to when they need to feel secure.
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