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grandfathers
Tell stories about your childhood. They want
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to know what their grandparents were like as chil-

Here's how Stories by Grumps
(or whatever you want to call
your stories) can work for you.

dren and the things we did. Drop-in a character
like Brian Benedict, who tricked Grumps and his
fellow Cub Scouts and their fathers into what they
I call my daughter and ask what Jack and Julia
thought was a Charity Turkey Shoot that turned
are focused on these days. " Well, lately they've
out to be a Shirkey Toot-a farting contest.
been obsessed with Star Wars and that inapproUse national holidays as a stage for the
priate book called Captain Underpants, " she says.
Be sure to ask their parents what the kids are
stories-Christmas, the North Pole, with Santa and his
So, knowing what a seven and four-year-old might
focused on. It can be anything from dinosaurs and
(sometimes) imperfect elves is the perfect focus for
find entertaining, I knock out a little bedtime story
sled dogs to their new playhouse or focus on activities,
numerous stories.
called: May the Farts be with You!
Have your grandkids dreaming. It opens up the
Hey, in Stories by Grumps we might want to clean it hiking, baseball, dance classes or gymnastics, etc.
When possible make your grandkids the heroes or potential for anything you'd like to tell. When Jack and
up and go with a parody called Star Warts. But having
the central characters.
Julia wake up they get together and decide that maybe
cranked out over fifty of these little gems, I now know
Although kids may not complain if a story is a
Jeffery the toy monkey really didn't wreck their house
that the kids' inclusion is the key and again that just
and blame it on the Mulligans, their stuffed toy pups.
about any theme will work-pets, favorite toys, holidays- bit long (i.e., a way for them to dodge going to bed or
Be creative, make the stories end in a laugh, or
Santa and those elves can entertain the little beggars for sleep) keep 'um reasonably short and within their attention limits.
some heroics, or perhaps a mystery that the kids solve,
the entire month of December.
If your grandkids have pets, you can drop them
or something self-deprecating that their grandparents
I learned that I'm playing to very loving, meaningful,
into the story too.
did as children that will send them off to dreamland with
and encouraging listeners. Not a writer you say, don't
If your grandkids have a doll or little stuffed ania smile.
need to be, you're their grandparent and have a natural
Good luck and if you have any questions, Grumps is
and attentive audience. Oh, for bedtime they are a win- mals they drag around, feature them. Jack and Julia have
here to help you make this fun-filled family connection.
win! The parents have that " Now, off to bed if you want twin stuffed puppies called the Mulligans. In one of my
stories, I featured the day that Jeffery, a stuffed monkey
to hear tonight's Story by Grumps! " And the kids? Well,
they get to stretch out bedtime and stay up a few extra of Jack's got jealous of the stuffed pups, wrecked the
In addition to being a proud and
house, and then blamed the Mulligans.
minutes with their loving grandparent.
creative granddad. Bob Cairns is
Have a moral in the story. Work in the importance
Feel free to take any of the Grumps stories; conthe creator of the new website,
Stories by Grumps where Cairns
cepts, characters, locations, etc., and adapt them to your of being good, respectful, honest, loving to their friends
showcases his best stories for kids
and
family.
Drop-in
a
bad
guy
like
Gimmie
Jimmy,
one
of
grandkids' stories!
and inspires other grandparents
to share theirs. Bob has been a
When possible include your grandkids in the story. Santa's greedy elves.

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