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When a child is too young to say the bed-time Shema for himself, the custom is that parents say it for them as they go to bed.

Should the parent cover their own eyes, the child's eyes, or perhaps neither (or both, but I assume not)?

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Someone can remove the children-parenting tag if it doesn't apply – Y ez Aug 26 '14 at 0:52
there is no halocho to cover your eyes in the jamoro or rambam. it is not a must just like a kippo is not not a halocho – MoriDoweedhYaa3qob Aug 26 '14 at 1:09
@MoriDoweedhYaa3qob And therefore... – Y ez Aug 26 '14 at 1:29
Its meant for concentration so the one who is saying it should do it – sam Aug 26 '14 at 1:45
@sam is it? – Y ez Aug 26 '14 at 2:02

As I recall from when my children were the age you imply (40 years ago) I would cover my eyes and the child would imitate me by covering his or her own eyes. Since they were learning by saying it with me, it was part of teaching them. I do not recall a specific psak. It did not take long for them to learn what to do.

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