Story Time: Room On The Broom

For my first post I wanted to think of how I could help people, or inspire people or something profound about parenting and being a dad but I decided I’d dedicate my first post on this blog to one of my favourite times of day and one of my favourite dad tasks – bed time and story time. This will become a bit of a regular feature on here, Story Time, where I intend to talk about the book we read, NJ’s reaction to it and why we like it so much. Some of them will be well known, maybe classics and some not so much but we’ll see.

Story time for us usually takes place on the rocking chair in the nursery with NJ drinking a bottle of milk.
Tonight was no different but the story tonight was Julia Donaldson’s brilliant Room On The Broom. We must have read this together so many times over the last 6 months or so but it just doesn’t get tired or old or boring. In fact NJ’s appreciation of it increased tonight in a few choice areas!

I love reading to NJ and try to inject some interest, emotion, action etc into my voice when I do, all with the consideration that I want him to actually start to wind down and get a bit sleepy so I try not to overdo it at this time!

One of our favourite bits in the book tonight was when the dragon makes an appearance – “I am a dragon, as fierce as can be, and I’m planning to have witch and chips for my tea”. Tonight I decided to roar at this point, which NJ loved and started roaring back at me over the course of the next couple of pages.

My next favourite part tonight was the witches spell after seeing off the dragon – “Iggety, Ziggety, Zaggety, ZOOM!” Again NJ loved this and gave me his version of the spell in words that sounded nothing like those I just read but had as much intention and enthusiasm a 1 year old can produce with a bottle in his mouth!

So there you have it – Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson, a brilliant book with some great characters along with some great opportunities to get your little one involved! NJ loves roaring and I suspect we’re going to see some spell casting coming soon too.

Have you read Room On The Broom? What do you think? What are your favourite parts? What does your little one think to it? Go dig it out and have a read right now.


The introduction post

Thanks for being drawn into this new blog for a moment. It’s probably a good idea for me to introduce myself a little bit extra to what’s on my About page.

This blog is going to be about my journey as a father.
The things I need to do to juggle a working life, a social life and family life.
The experiences I have and share with my family.

I’m married to Helen, have been for 3 years. I love being a husband.
I have a son, NJ, who’s just over a year old. I love being his dad.

I have a bit of a plan for the things I want to share with you and the direction I want the blog to take but I’m not going to tell you what that is. I’m just going to let it unfold before your eyes and hopefully you’ll keep coming back, follow me on Twitter, find something that I post useful or interesting or both. I hope something I post might inspire you or help you. I want to try and add some value into the world and at the end of the day if nothing else then at least there’s a cool collection of stories and entries to go through with my son when he’s older.

Thanks again, have a look at my other first post, Story Time: Room On The Broom.