Kings, Queens & Great British Stories
June 7, 2015

 D: Did you know, we’re going to have a king next? Why do we even need a king and a queen?

Me: Some people like the fact that our country has a king or a queen – it gives us a rich history of true stories.

D: But they’re just normal humans like us, so why should they be a king and queen? Why should they be rulers?

Me: In our country, the monarchy passes the power to the government so that rules are more fair and it’s not just down to the king or queen.

D: And what does Mr Government do?

Me: The government is made up of lots of politicians.

D: I know. But what do they do?

Me: Well, it depends on who has been voted in by the people, but basically they argue with each other lots to decide on what’s best for the country and make lots of rules.

D: But why do we need them to make rules? Why can’t we just do what we want?

Me: Ah, you’re talking about anarchy! If you could do what you wanted what would you do?

D: I’d have a story CD every night until I didn’t want them any more. 

Me: It’s not the government who says you can’t have a story CD every night – it’s me, as your parent.

D: Well I don’t think you should make rules either. I like story CDs! Can I have one tonight?

Being good #2
February 28, 2013

beinggood2D: What does it say on that big piece of paper?

Me: ‘Your Ground Rules’

D: What does that mean?

Me: It’s the rules that the school children wanted to make when I was doing the speaking work with them.

D: What were their rules?

Me: One was that they wanted the group to all turn their phones off. Another was that they wanted the group to tell the truth about what they thought of each other’s speeches, but to be nice about it. Another was to be quiet and listen…

D: We have those rules at my school!

Me: What are your rules?

D: Be Safe; Be Kind; Be Helpful; Tell the truth; Listen – No, they don’t start with ‘be’ – every rule has to start with a ‘be’. But there IS a listen one, that starts with ‘be’.

Me: Be a good listener and be truthful?

D: Yes!

Forbidden words
December 17, 2012

forbiddenwordsD: Eth-word. Eth-word. Eth-word.

Me: What did you just say?

D: Nothing. I said it to myself.

Me: What did you say though?

D: Nothing!…
Mum, what’s a swear word?

Me: They’re naughty words. Who’s been talking about swear words?

D: My teacher at school said we shouldn’t use swear words, but I don’t know what they are.

Me: Good – then you won’t be using them.

D: But how will I know if I’m using them if I don’t know what they are?

Me: Hmmm…

[To be continued]

Making the rules up
October 8, 2012

D: Who was that woman at the front door?

Me: She wanted me to vote for her.

D: What’s ‘vote’?

Me: It when you choose one thing instead of another.

D: What did she want you to choose?

Me: There’s a group of people in this country who make the rules, and she wanted me to choose her, so that she could help to make the rules.

D: Oh. Are you going to choose her?

Me: I don’t know. We could make our own rules – I think we’d be good at that. What do you think?

D: I don’t think I’d be very good at that – remember that sometimes I get naughty? But I’ll try and be good.

 

Just like the Olympics…
July 27, 2012

D: I had a dream that I won a MEDAL in sports camp!
Me: Wow – do you think your dream will come true?
D: It HAS to – I’ve only won a medal one time. I don’t know who will win the trophy – it’s not going to be me or Edward.
Me: What do you have to do to win a medal?
D: You have to try your best and help other people and don’t get in a strop if you don’t win a game.

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