Fairy tales before babies


It all starts with a ‘magic bean’…

Fairy tales are popular because they are stories that have withstood the test of time by teaching universal themes to children and adults alike. A side effect is that somewhere in our psyches a part of us wants our lives to be like one.

If you had been wanting  to get married or wanting to have a baby or wanting to own your own house, once ‘it’ arrives in your life, it is often very different to what you had expected.

A lot changes when you are pregnant and a lot more changes when you become a parent. There is no ‘wishing’ things away. There are no fairy god mothers to give you advice. There are no mice to do your house work for you and babysitters do not arrive by flying umbrella.

Whilst there is a lot of mundane ‘stuff’ to get used to the humdrum stuff is balanced with an awful lot of magic. And this kind of magic cannot be expected or predicted on a day-to-day basis because your small person will just ‘deliver it’ in moments you did not see coming.

Here are a few little ‘once upon a time’ starters that take a light-hearted look at some of the ‘Once Upon a Time’ things that change with the arrival of your little prince or princess.

They are in no particular order and they are just a starting point for your own story. The endings are left out because the ‘happily ever after’ is not a realistic expectation.

You can write your own story one day at a time.

Once upon a time there was an entire kingdom that ignored the rooster’s crows and got up when they felt like it.


Once upon a time the world was quiet.


Once upon a time there was a house laden with low-down treasures.


Once upon a time there was a Queen who loved reading in her tower. [alone]


Once upon a time there was a princess who could only sleep on the finest linen.


Once upon a time there was a tower of pancakes that could feel a whole army. [not just one pregnant woman –  tee hee!]


Once upon a time there was a palace which sparkled from floor to ceiling.


Once upon a time there was an ice Queen who did not react emotionally to anything.


Once upon a time there was a King who had never explored his own garden.


Once upon a time there was a magic mirror that showed the Queen her flat stomach every day.


Once upon a time the Royal Bed Chamber was always in use.


Once upon a time the entire Kingdom woke up refreshed every day.


 Once upon a time life was predictable and dreary.


NB: Magic comes in many forms (not just brought about by babies) and this is not to say that having children is really anything like a fairy tale…

If you have a ‘once upon a time’ fairy tale starter to share, please comment below!

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.
J. B. Priestley



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