Once Upon A Time0
A few months ago I started making up stories for Ben about a little boy that was very similar to him. A mom at work gave me the idea, and since she has four older children of her own, I thought she might know what she was talking about. She told me that she found making up stories a good way to help her children through tough moments and that they found comfort in her stories as they unraveled.
Our made up story is about a little boy named Sam who lives in an apartment with his mummy, daddy and his cat named Whiskers. Sam goes on different adventures in the city and often goes to his friend Brooke’s yellow house. Ben requests these stories a lot and when he is tired or not feeling well, he asks for them even more. So far I’ve found that when something is ‘off’ with my little guy, doing one of our make believe stories really helps him out. If he is having bad dreams, then Sam also has a bad dream but he ends up being okay.
He hasn’t yet figured out that ‘Sam’ is really Ben and this is what I love about childhood. I love laying on the bed with him and telling him a story and watching him make up pictures in his head. In fact, when I was a little girl my own dad made up stories to tell me at bedtime. Mine were adventure tales about a little girl and her best friend who were lived on an island.
Once upon a time there was a little boy named Sam who lived in an apartment with his mummy, daddy and his cat named Whiskers (Ben fills in the cats name each time). Today is an exciting day, and mummy is taking Sam on an adventure. They are going to go and visit their friend Brooke. Into the car they went, through the city (beep! beep!), over the bridge and to her yellow house.
Most of the time the story is about eating pancakes with Sam’s friend, or going to the farm to feed birds. Once in awhile it’s also about Sam being scared about something, or going to sleep in his room by himself. This tip from another mother was magic, and I love that she shared it with me.