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Bedtime Shenanigans

Tonight small boy M did not want to go to sleep. From about 1930 until 2145, I was in and out of his room, dispensing water, hugs, reassurances and getting more than a little frustrated.

At one point, we were squished in his bed together, and I asked him to tell me a story. He started like this...

One day there was a mouse and a fox... and this turned into a fairly accurate retelling of the gruffalo. Followed by many other of his favourites stories - Dog loves books, Monkey Puzzle, Bear Hunt. What really touched me was his recall and fluency of the narrative. But most of all, that he has "learnt" and captured how we tell him the stories. At one point in the retelling of the "Monkey Puzzle" book, his inflection and actions mirrored mine.

And at that point this evening, my heart melted and we snuggled up just that little bit closer!