My daughter, which is now five and a half has always had an 'amazing imagination' or at least that is what her grandma said. Since soon after she could talk she has had this amazing way of making up a story at a minutes notice without flinching with such detail, at times it would leave me wondering if it was true or if it in fact happened. I have noticed with time that my little story teller has refined her ways and now adds some real life scenarios to her wild stories.
If you have a five year old, I'm guessing you've experienced the play-pretend and story-telling as well, which leads me to Tiddler.
Have you heard of Tiddler, the story telling fish?
Tiddler is a great, fun book about a fish that tells the most amazing stories. When I first read it to my daughter she got a good kick out of it - and now I call her my Tiddler... she loudly objects to this notion explaining that 'mum, it’s not a story – it’s real!'
and I respond, 'yes my little Tiddler'.
Many can say these are just blatant lies and should be stopped, on one hand, I have to agree, as I don't want to 'fuel the fire' too much and have my daughter think that constant story telling is ok in all scenarios - because they are not. I also do not want to
crush this great imagination and the fun she has with it, so I have allowed it to go on and have encouraged some stories during her ‘playing pretend time’ but during her normal activity she needs to be truthful because we are not playing pretend.
So far, it seems to be working – Tiddler happy, mum happy.
Writer and PR gal by day, blogger by night. Jen loves to blog about anything from parenting to finance, product reviews or just the normal everyday stuff like hot spots or great ideas with her family. With over 15 years of work in the corporate sector having children turned her into a multi-tasking wanna be! Currently, loving and living in Sydney, the mother of two loveable, cookie-eating monsters spends her very rare free time in search of an extraordinary coffee.