When I was a kid I remember my Dad would occasionally deliver the bedtime story. He never read from a book because my sister and I demanded another episode from the life of the "Jellybottom" family. All I can remember about these stories is that there were three bears and they had very fat bottoms... and they wobbled along the road causing havoc.
No-one else had these stories told to them but what I fell in love with was the storytelling; the way each character had a different 'voice' and the fact that the stories were personalised (made up on the spot, more likely). Once the story was finished, we were tucked into bed, a story tape or record (yes, I'm really old) was put on and we were left to drift off to sleep to the dulcet tones of Wendy Craig narrating Beatrix Potter stories or Danny Kaye singing Inchworm.
And that routine has stayed with me for the rest of my life. I wind down by reading a book and then plug myself into my mp3 player and listen to a podcast or audio book before I actually settle down to sleep. I have passed it onto my children too. But is it better than or just as bad as letting them watch a DVD/video or play on their Nintendo DS before they nod off? When does the brain actually switch off?
What about you?
What was your bedtime routine as a child and have you replicated that with your child(ren)?
Let us know in the comments section.
Here at When I Was a Kid, we have a fantastic personalised story of a well known fairy tale. This bedtime story tells the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk but with your child's name in place of Jack.
This product is made on high quality A5 card and costs just £2.00!!! Click on the image to the right to order your personalised card (we just need the name of the child and whether they are a boy or a girl). We've also got free delivery on this product so £2.00 is the total amount you pay! What a bargain! It would also make a great birthday present for a friend at nursery or school too.
And to my recommendations for this week. Why don't you have a look at our wooden toys section? There are some great 'bargain' toys. I love the traditional Wooden ZigZag racer (left, £7.50) and the very popular High Tea Shape Matching set (right, £24.95). Click on either of images to place an order.
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Nickie normally blogs at Typecast. With one finger on the pulse and the other on the keyboard, she is not afraid to say it as she sees it. She is a true procrastinator, drinks wine, is occasionally published and is a Nana in her spare time.