I have blogged in the past about the importance of reading to children at bedtime and really do love snuggly bedtimes with the kids reading stories to them.
However by the end of the Summer Holidays I realised that I was skipping reading to them on an almost daily basis. We were out enjoying the Sun for so long by the time we came in for tea, bath and bed I needed to get on with the cleaning, work and prep for the next day so the kids did story time without me. Caitlyn would read picture books to Izzy, while Rebecca and Danny would read their chapter books to themselves.
I promised myself that once the kids went back to school and we were again in a more structured routine then I would rejoin storytime but admit I have struggled. There is so much to do in the evenings with clubs and pack lunches etc. I’m also feeling really tired with these darker nights-is anyone else struggling?
Therefore, I was pleased to hear that Bettaliving were holding a #Bettabedtimes Twitter party on Roald Dahl Day. I needed something to inspire me to improve our bedtimes and I love Roald Dahl. Danny also celebrated this special day in school and we have attended Roald Dahl days at our local library before.
The Twitter chat reminded me of all the Roald Dahl books that I loved to read when I was younger and now enjoy reading to the kids. I had a few individual Roald Dahl books when I was growing up but bought the box set for Danny when he was just one year old. They were on offer at a school book fair and I knew we would get a lot of use for them as he got older.
I used to read the books aloud to him. I can still remember him laughing out loud hysterically as I read the funny parts in The Twits. Then when his reading improved we would read a page each, a chapter each etc. Now I am so proud to see him curled up in a chair reading these books to himself. As he gets really tired due to his heart condition he still enjoys closing his eyes and resting as I read to him too.
He is currently reading The Witches and made me laugh when he checked my shoes! I now want to re-read every Roald Dahl book as quickly as I can! Danny has also asked me to buy The Gremlins, which Dahl wrote in 1943 for Walt Disney. I hadn’t heard of that one before, kids teach us so much!
I discovered during the Twitter party that Betta Living have a Roald Dahl Range featuring cushions and bed linen.
After the Twitter party I found out that i had actually won a prize for taking part- a £50 voucher to spend on this wonderful range. I was so excited! I love the Quilt Covers but opted for cushions as we need these more. I chose the Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cushions show in the top picture. To make up the price I also ordered a Gnasher Cushion which Danny will love.
Thank you Bettaliving and everyone who took part for a great Twitter party. I’m motivated to once again improve our bedtime storytimes and have some lovely cushions to add to the kid’s bedrooms.
These were my favourite tweets from the night: