How many of you were told when you were little, that "the bogeyman would get you." You probably heard it at bedtime, now and then. Are you still a little afraid of the dark? Where I came from it was "booger-man."
Parents who used that tactic to get children to simmer down, meant well, but they would better have told them that Jesus would watch over them through the night, and so go to sleep. And it could have mentioned that an angel was watching over them, too. Matthew 18:10 says, "Take heed that ye despise (that is, not love) one of these little ones, for I say unto you, that in Heaven, their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven." That's right…angels watch over them, just as they do us.
And please steer them away from scary stories. Have you noticed how terrible the "kids time" characters look in TV shows today. They're bound to leave a bad impression in a child's mind. And as they play, don't scold one who argues with his toys. If he has a problem with sharing, instead of a "no-no," explain with a "yes-yes," that it's more fun to play together.
And above all, share Jesus with them. A lullaby like "Jesus loves me," for a change. And "Now I lay me" as you teach them about Christ, and how they can talk to Him in their prayers. Then teach them through their pre-teens and later, about right and wrong, and why "right" is best. And finally, sin's consequences. It's a well known fact, that children are much more easily taught about goodness during their early years.
And if you yourself haven't given your heart to the Lord, all this will come natural, once you've set the standard of living for Christ. prepare your family about the Way to Heaven, now…before they quit listening.