Wednesday, 19 May 2010

The Dream Challenge


At some stage a year or so ago my son couldn't get to sleep so wanted something to dream about. I gave him some suggestions. "How about giraffes and elephants and lions?"

The next night I volunteered a few more.

The following night he asked for some ideas again.

And the next. And the next. And the ... well, you get the idea.

It is hard to come up with three original ideas every night. And, believe me, I get complaints when I repeat topics.

My son is bad enough. Now it is even harder: my daughter has decided that she too needs dream ideas. Three. Each night.

It would be lovely if I could repeat the same three, but daughter likes fairies and princesses and son likes rockets and dinosaurs. (Another path that has never run straight is having non-stereotypical boy/girl splits, for reasons that completely elude me.) Six dream topics, every night. No wonder I delight when my husband is home from work in time to put them to bed: it may be a rarity, but it gives me a break from the dream challenge!

So, anyone got any ideas I can use?


Picture credit: Dr Richard Ferber, Children's Hospital Boston   http://web1.tch.harvard.edu/dream/dream_fall06/sweet_dreams.html

3 comments:

Nathalie said...

Different types of food??

why don't you keep to the same overarching theme each week or something (food, gardens, animals, story books etc) and choose sub categories per child??

baked beans, sausages and mash
jam sandwiches, chocolate spread, orange juice

etc..??

Any good?!

Remind me never to suggest this to my children!

Nxx

Muddling Along Mummy said...

Oh gosh that is difficult - garden plants, building materials, food?

Catharine Withenay said...

Nathalie - thanks for the suggestions. Son actually likes to 'combine' the dream ideas and complains if they are too similar. Sometimes he is told where to go ...

MAM - ooh! More good ideas! Given all the building work going on at our house, building materials ought to be a starter. Tonight is sorted!

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