‘Making Room for her nearly 8 year old Things’
We often tell our daughter that she needs to de-clutter,
“To make room for more tat!”, I say with a mutter;
Her room needs a sort out with a fine tooth-comb,
For the old toys that now need a new home…
Instead of tidying, she’s often found playing,
Unearthing old toys that it seems are now staying,
“It’s a pre-school book, you no longer need,
It’s been in a box, chapter books you now read!”
Okay, she tells me, she’ll sort that box out,
So I leave her to playing, not sorting, no doubt;
But a little while later she presents a small pile,
Of nick-nacks that I’ve not seen for a while…
“I don’t need these now, they’re too young for me!
I’ve had them since I was around about three.”
‘Tis true and my heart, well it does a small flip,
Cos I know she’s growing up in a hop and skip!
Peppa Pig, Disney Princesses are all relegated
To the ‘not wanted’ stack, I feel somewhat deflated…
But you know what? It’s all good and exciting,
The next step of our journey that it seems we’re alighting…
With makeup, with fashions, with disco lights,
With pop music, with dancing and slightly later nights,
All signs our little girl is little no more,
As she practices dance moves on the living floor.
We see her character growing and growing,
Moulding to where the wind takes her, it’s blowing!
Leaving her old toys, all stacked up in the wings
Making room for her nearly 8 year old things…
By Carol Cameleon 2017
How do you cope when your child decides they’re suddenly too old for the toys that, actually remind you of their earlier days? Does your heart skip a beat of excitement or is it bittersweet? I’d love to know! Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere
When we received a package from Vicks as part of their #VicksTricks campaign, we were intrigued by the book inside. The title of my blog post for their campaign was ‘I’ve Got a Trick Up My Sleeve’ and so did they, it seems!
Their ‘trick’ was a book entitled ‘The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children to Sleep‘
by Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin.
And what an intriguing book. The idea is to read this book to your child who doesn’t want to or won’t sleep, at bedtime. I found it quite challenging to read because of the style. By that I mean that parts were in italics (which you say in a soft, slow voice) and bold (which you say ‘in character’ and animate your voice etc). To accompany the book were 3 finger puppets, to use alongside the book, to really bring the book alive.
We love a bedtime story in our house, we always have and in all honesty, we’ve never really had any issues with our 7 year old wanting to go to bed or to sleep. I’ve mentioned before how she asks me to read 7 pages and then she reads the rest herself by torchlight..
So to be asked by our daughter to read the whole lot came as a surprise. A nice one though! It felt very odd not to be reading the whole 7 pages and our daughter didn’t even manage to read the rest herself! Why? Because by about page 4, she was curled up in bed, with her teddies and duvet around her, heavy-eyed and ready for sleep. She usually sits up next to me in bed, snuggled up under her duvet holding a teddy. So was this coincidence? Well, we will never know but in any case, the concept of the book is really clever!
Have you come across this book? Do you find bedtime challenging?! Tell me in the comments below or tweet me @AllSortsHere 🙂
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