As cute and charming as our kids can be, there’s seldom a night when we’re not completely relieved that bedtime is here. That blessed time where I can stop being “Mommy” and I can start being Jessica. Oh how I love that time.
Not only is bedtime a special time for me, but also for the kids. We have our routine that they strictly make us stick to, culminating in the most exciting event of the evening – A BEDTIME STORY! While we love to read great books to the kids, sometimes you need to spice things up a bit. We both have great memories of the stories that our parents would tell us and wanted to pass that on to our kids too. Here we found tips that the amazing Lemony Snicket has for telling a bedtime story. Here are some of his ideas to make bedtime fun for everyone.
1. Ask your child what the title should be. This stalls for time and spreads the blame if the story’s no good.
2. Name the villains after people who wronged you in high school.
3. When you get stuck, remember Raymond Chandler’s advice: “When in doubt, have two guys come through the door with guns.” The bedtime equivalent is a clumsy talking animal holding a tray of cream pies.
4. At the end of the story, all of the characters should be very, very tired.