Do you make up bedtime stories where your kids are the heros?

United States
August 11, 2007 2:27pm CST
My daughter is really getting into story time lately, but she doesn't really like for me to read books. Instead she wants me to make up stories about her little dolls and stuffed toys and their various adventures. I've started trying to include her in the story so that she can enjoy the experiences along with them. That has really made her happy. I got the idea from John Lithgow who said that he made up bedtime stories for his own kids when they were young. I guess kids throughout the ages have enjoyed being the hero of the story! Do you make up stories for your kids? Do your kids take a starring role in the stories? What are your make-believe stories about? Please share.
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@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
12 Aug 07
my one son always wants me to make up stories to him while he laying down ready to go to sleep.so theres this one story that i have to do about 3 times because it puts a smile on his face,and he laughs at it and says thanks.the story i make up is about my son going to the store to buy candy,fruit,and he gets everything he wants,he leaves the food store but he forgets his doggy stuff animal,so he has to go back to the store and he ends up finding his doggy,and picks up some flowers for mommy on the way back home again.he gets home with his doggy,gives him a big hug,and a kiss.tells him hes tired so he has to rest his eyes and go to sleep.we have so many alot of them are just too funny but he loves them.its hard though when you cant remember them the first time you told it.lol
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• United States
12 Aug 07
That is such a sweet story! Before I was a mom, I wouldn't have understood the importance of story telling. I can see so many similarities between your stories and mine. They're both based on things our own children love. And, ultimately, that makes them more special than any book we can buy, because it speaks directly to their heart. Be well!
• United States
12 Aug 07
you are 100% right.we always have to try our hardest to put a smile on their face,no matter how ridicouls we may sound or look at times.its those things that make our children happy.take care hon.enjoy the rest of your sunday.
@youless (91099)
• Guangzhou, China
13 Aug 07
When my son was smaller, I would say many things to make him sleep. As to making up a story, I didn't have this talent:) Usually I would say the most common children's stories or tell him the facts about the geography, poem, movie etc. I kept talking until he fell asleep.
• United States
13 Aug 07
That is very clever! I would not have thought to do that. Sometimes when I talk to her randomly about stuff she thinks something is wrong and keeps saying "What?" She is still developing her language skills and thinks everything I say must be of great importance. I should be flattered, I suppose. Then again, I guess all kids feel that their parents are saying very important things. I am happy to hear that your son was comforted by your words. Be well! Thanks for dropping by.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
12 Aug 07
I do that for my son sometimes, but not very often. He usually wants me to read to him, because he loves looking at books. He likes seeing the words and pictures. If I just tell him a story, he gets bored with it pretty quick, and gets a book for me to read instead! lol He does like it when I make up songs for him, though. He will tell me "Again Mama! Sing Elliott song again!" and I will have to sing the same song about Elliott and our dogs four or five times in a row sometimes.
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• United States
13 Aug 07
That's very sweet!
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
14 Aug 07
All the time. We each take turns telling stories and i always use my son as the main super hero or character of the story. We usually talk about dragons or dinosaurs as he is into those at the moment. Usually I start off first and tell a story and then its his turn and he more or less copies it and changes a few things. Its fun when we make up stories!
@wotfpatty (2068)
• United States
14 Aug 07
I miss story time! My sons are 21 and 16. Both shunned books and made me tell them stories I made up. I enjoyed that because I am creative and loved to include them in the stories. Sometimes they would stop me and change something to their liking. My younger son always wanted knight stories and stories of a kid who was in a castle and had to cross a moat to get out (I didn't even know what a moat was!). Sometimes I would tell them stories of my childhood just as my mom told me. They loved that for some reason and so did I. So much more fun than "I do not like them Sam I Am!" lol.
@KrisNY (7592)
• United States
13 Aug 07
Oh I bet your kids love this- My daughter is 10 so no more bedtime stories- I still have to sing to her and tuck her in though ! I used to make up stories when she was younger- about her and her dolls too- stuffed animals also- How fun it was and she loved the stories- : )
@navtech (1776)
• India
13 Aug 07
Dear beautyqueen26, When I was kid, my father used to tell me lot of stories. I used to enjoy those stories. My daughter when she was kid she was not interested in those old stories what my father used to tell me. Moreover, now a day TV shows lot of movies that keep them entertained with modern stories and also king stories. Time is changing and kids mentality also. I am really happy your daughter is interested in your make up stories.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
13 Aug 07
Hi there. When my children were babies, Id always make up bedtime stories, and then add a little joke on the end... My stories were usually based on children and their animals or children with no parents, finding happy endings, they were anything, what ever came to mind lol... I mainly made bedtime stories up when we didnt go to the library to get new books...
@andrejuly84 (1047)
• Romania
12 Aug 07
yes,sometimes i make her the hero of the story i am telling and she seems to like this very much.i did it for attracting her more and to develop her imagination.it's a very good thing doing this.
• Pakistan
12 Aug 07
yes every child love listening stories n being a part of tht story i m a teacher in a school and i use to tell children a story in which they all are included and their always shld be some moral in a story so that in story u can teach lot of things to your child