As a Catholic I have been in the habit of tracing a cross on my childrens' heads before bed, sometimes with holy water from the font which hangs on our wall, and praying for God's blessing. I am curious as to the existence of such customs in the East. Do Orthodox fathers bless their children in some way, or is this seen as a clerical thing only? What forms would such "blessings" take, and what accessories, as in the water and gestures, might be employed? And if such blessings are not commonly employed, then perhaps there is another custom which relates in that way to a father and his children? Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.