Conversations with Little People

April 11, 2017 @ 9:34 am Posted to Fatherhood by Antony Koch

There is something wonderful about having a complete conversation with one of your children. My eldest son is almost four and a half, meaning he’s now able to hold a brilliant conversation lasting several minutes. This evening’s topic was why George didn’t want to sleep in the top bunk of his bed. We bought bunk beds about 6 weeks ago with some money we came into, money that certainly belonged to the boys, so we opted to get a lovely big wooden bed. George loved being in the top at first, however he’s since developed a fear of darkness and monsters that has meant him sharing the bottom bunk with Charlie.

Tonight I talked to George about it, trying to get to the bottom of his fear. It turns out he was scared of, in this order:

  • Monsters
  • Dinosaurs
  • Ninjas
  • Pirates
  • Polar bears

I discussed each one in order:

  • Not real
  • Extinct
  • More important people to kill
  • Seldom found off the coast of Burgess Hill
  • Isn’t icy today

And he seemed to really take my comments on board. He’s now asleep in his bed, and as ever I am proud and humbled by fatherhood.

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