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Stories: Do you make up your own or just read books to your child?

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emkana Thu 17-Feb-05 22:17:45

Well there you go, I've found another thing to have a guilty mummy moment about:

While I read to dd1 lots, I never make up my own stories. Just haven't got the imagination, I'm afraid .
Am I depriving her of something essential? Can I learn to do it? What are your experiences?

Dior Thu 17-Feb-05 22:19:23

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Twiglett Thu 17-Feb-05 22:20:42

nope don't make up stories because I get stuck

do make up songs all the time though by changing the words to other songs (think it drives DS's pre-school teachers nuts cos he does it too and laughs hysterically)

I should be having a guilty mummy moment about that shouldn't I

ThomCat Thu 17-Feb-05 22:20:44

I don't make up my own no but soemtimes at bedtimes I just chat to her about our day and what we'll do tomorrow, mainly it's a book and a bit of chit chat, but no, no made up stories.

lucy5 Thu 17-Feb-05 22:22:25

I do both. Some of my made up stories are so boring, that sometimes i realise that ive started thinking of something else but am still telling the story. DD doesnt notice though. I often tell stories i liked as a child and sometimes tell the same story with dd and her friends names, she doesnt notice that either, usually folk of the faraway tree.

shimmy21 Thu 17-Feb-05 22:28:12

books are great but kids love stories about themselves too. It's easy to make uo stories if you don't try to be JK Rowling. It's amazing how easily satisfied my dss are at my rubbishy made up stories!

Easy rules for making up stories
1)your child is always the hero
2) take some mundane real event from that day such as a trip to the supermarket
3)put some magic in it e.g. a flying shopping trolley, talking tin of beans that gives three wishes, a fairy frozen in the fish cabinet
4)your hero child sorts out the muddle, saves the day, gets a medal etc
5) and they all live happily ever after!

cornfield Thu 17-Feb-05 22:28:38

I have to say I am one of those people who can make up a story for 20 minutes at a time and I do it quite a lot...but who cares we are all good at different things and just because you don't do this means nothing, if anything you know your limitations and you pass on a very normal and honest kind of approach to your children, they don't want an artificial figure, be yourself at all times, it's the best way to a happy life.

misdee Thu 17-Feb-05 22:29:36

my dd's wont let me make up stories, i have to go get a book to read to them.

paolosgirl Thu 17-Feb-05 22:30:29

I do both - their favourite made up ones are the traditional fairy stories, with them as the main characters. Easier for me as well!

handlemecarefully Thu 17-Feb-05 22:56:15

I'm too mentally lazy to make up stories, and anyway dd likes pictures! She doesn't get bored of our bed time reading however because I have discovered that charity shops are great places for picking up kids books at 30p per time. Consequently she has an overflowing bookcase.

lucy5 Thu 17-Feb-05 22:59:07

I really miss charity shops, when I lived in uk I used to scour them religously. Books, videos toys.

serenequeen Thu 17-Feb-05 23:01:10

yes, i have to because dh is really good at it so ds wants made up stories all the time. i am utterly rubbish at it!

janinlondon Fri 18-Feb-05 08:56:14

SQ its lucky I know you because otherwise I'd say we were the same woman married to the same man. DH similarly good at making up stories, and if necessary, illustrating them. I haven't a creative bone in my body. At least DD is now old enough to know which of us to ask to do what in our house. Though she says I'm "quite good" at colouring in. (Oh the shame!)

Hulababy Fri 18-Feb-05 08:58:03

I do a bit of both. DD adores books though - we have hundreds! - and she will sit and look through and pretend to read books constantly, and we do read a lot. I am rubbish at making up my own stories but we do sometimes. They tend to be more about what we have done and little adventures she might have had during that time. She seems happy enough. But they are very poor! I prefer reading books to her TBH.

jessicasmummy Fri 18-Feb-05 08:58:12

when i was a child, my dad either made up stories, read books to me, or my FAVOURITE of all time, was nursery rhymes... we used to go through all the nursery rhymes before bed in a certain order and i used to tell him off if he had missed one out!!!!

serenequeen Fri 18-Feb-05 20:51:52

hi there, janinlondon

jane313 Fri 18-Feb-05 20:54:38

My freind used to tell her daughter stories from her own childhood at bedtimes as well as reading books. She loved them and it was weird when I met her once and this 6 year old could reel off all our old school anecdotes.

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