Night is falling, and the sleep monster is on the prowl to find tired little girls and tired little boys.
The sleep monster creeps from home to home, lurking at the bottom of stairs and outside bedroom doors where it can hear the sound of awake little children, staying up past their bedtime and making lots of noise. It lurks where it can see light spilling out from underneath bedroom doors.
The sleep monster likes to get tired little girls and boys who do not go to sleep at bedtime.
The sleep monster can easily find tired little boys and tired little girls, because they are noisy; shouting and jumping around their rooms.
The sleep monster can easily find tired little boys and tired little girls, because they are easy to see with their lights turned on.
Mums and dads urge their children to ‘be quiet’ and ‘close your eyes’… ‘Because the sleep monster knows you are awake past your bedtime.’
You see, the sleep monster doesn’t like little children who go to sleep when they are tired. It can’t find sleeping children, because they don’t make a sound.
It can’t find sleeping children, because their lights are off and it cannot see them.
And it knows that sleeping little children will be too strong for it to catch. You see, little children that have slept well are stronger than tired little children.
So little one, don’t let the sleep monster get you. Hush, lie down, turn off the lights, shut your tired eyes, and sleep well.
…At least, this is what I’ve been telling my 2-year old, who has become obsessed with ‘the monster’ coming to get him. So, rightly or wrongly, I’ve turned his imagination on its head and invented the ‘sleep monster’, (see above). And I’ve managed to get Finley to peacefully and willingly drift off to sleep (and remain asleep) with this bit of creative (if not slightly immoral) storytelling.
Ok go on, tell me I’m an evil mum in the comments below now.