Today my son was real whiny and I thought I’d try and tell him a story. I found myself telling it like this:
“Once a upon a time there was a girl named Goldilocks who was walking through the forest. She sounds like a rich girl with that name, but if she were rich she would have had bodyguards and not wandering a forest alone. Anyways, she saw a house and went inside. Now Ethan, if you ever come across a house and no one answers, do NOT go inside.
Well, this girl went inside and decided it was okay to eat other people’s food. There was a big bowl belonging to Papa Bear and Goldilocks thought it was too hot. So she helped herself to another bowl, but that porridge was too cold. Maybe Mama Bear liked cold food and put Papa Bear’s bowl in the microwave to make it extra hot. The third bowl was just right and that naughty little girl ate someone’s breakfast!
Goldilocks wasn’t finished being in a stranger’s house. She was tired and went upstairs to the bedrooms. Ethan, this was not clever and I hope you never do what she did. She layed in a big bed but thought it was too hard. She layed in another bed and thought it was too soft. She layed in the smallest bed, and went to sleep without thinking that maybe that bed belonged to someone else who was also tired.
Well, wouldn’t you know, the Bear family came back. Papa Bear noticed that someone had eaten of his porridge. Goldilocks hadn’t tidied after herself and left a mess! Mama Bear was not happy to see that her porridge had also been touched. I’d be upset too if I saw someone eating of my food. And poor Baby Bear had nothing to eat!
Papa Bear heard snoring upstairs so they all went up to see. Not only did Goldilocks make a mess in the kitchen, but she made a mess of their beds too! What a naughty little girl. Ethan if you ever go to someone else’s house, you tidy after yourself ok? Baby Bear found that girl in his bed and little Goldilocks woke up scared and ran away. The only smart thing she did was to never return. Remember Ethan, this is just a story.”