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Dinovember Returns

Last year it was Dinovember crazy here.

What was your Dinovember experience?


Shock – what on earth was going on!

Surprise – when they’d written a personal note to the girls.

Mischief – when there was flour all over the kitchen

Trouble – when a whole tube of toothpaste was used up, solidified and nearly impossible to wash out of all the creases in their plastic bodies!

Tears – when they ate some petals from a rose Miss 6 had given me.

Wonder – HOW did they carve out that swan from an apple?

Panic – were they going to come up to their room in the night?

Laughter – when it was pappa’s aftershave that was all used up.

Imagination – what was going to happen next.

Preemptive strikes – Miss six hastily packing/ hiding all sweet treats, flowers and toothpaste before bed time.

Dreams – Dinosaurs up to dinosaur tricks.

Fantasy – 100 ideas of what they might do next.


We were talking about it for months afterwards.

Why are they only alive in November?

Are they really alive?

Are they going to stay?


The following September Miss Six sat us down to get a few things straight.

The conversation started with ’you know it isn’t ok if you lie to me, or tell jokes that aren’t really jokes because they’re not true…’


What on earth have we done now…

’Are the dinosaurs really alive in November, or are YOU moving them?’


The thoughts that consume them…

Who’d have known.

Dinosaurs just replaced the Father Christmas question.

And we were ill prepared!


Did we blow it?

We were sat with only her.

Earnest eyes.

Should we have kept the magic alive?


Water swelling up in her eyes.

She was angry.

’How could you do that to me?!’

(There’s no lack of melodrama in this house!)


’I believed you

…I wanted them to be alive!’


Fell the tear.

And the next.


Just when you think you made the right call.


So don’t do it!

Whatever they ask you…

Don’t tell them.

Let the magic be alive.

Let them dream about mermaids, fairies, elves, and well yes



Have yours asked? What would you tell them if they did?



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    • Ooh it’s so much fun! Go for it 🙂 I especially like that it’s not just something I’m doing with the kids. Mr M’s all into it, and is often way ahead of me arranging something before I’ve even looked up from my blogging! 😉

  1. Oh my goodness Steph! We don’t do Santa, the tooth fairy, the Easter Bunny, etc because of this. My own memories of finding out it wasn’t real were crushing. Then there’s a part of me that thinks can we have ”magic” without these things? It’s a tough question.

    However, something interesting is happening in our house right now because of our refusal to do the ”Santa thing” and I’ll be sharing it on my blog next week.

    Thanks for sharing and linking up to the #SHINEbloghop!

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

  2. Wouldn’t it be great if parenting came with a manual. So hard to know what to say in a situation like this. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  3. Oh no!!!! I would have done the same as you and, like you, felt awful afterwards. My 9 year old still ’believes’ in Father Christmas (well, he hasn’t told me otherwise) and I want it to remain magical!

    I hope your little one has forgiven you now!

    Beth #WeekendBlogHop

    • She’s kind of brushed it off… As long as she sees that the dinosaurs are still doing things at night …Whoever might be doing them! There’s no way she’s accepting a night off, especially when the morning may involve lots of cleaning for mum and dad!! That’s definitely the bit that throws her most of guard 🙂

  4. I agree- totally keep the dream alive! In my first year of teaching we did dinosaurs for our year one topic and I hid avocados in the sand tray, telling the kids they were dinosaur eggs. Then one day they hatched and the dinos escaped so we had to design and make traps to catch them. We did a whole term around it in every lesson and the kids were so enthused. It was fab! x x

  5. I love your post – and I love Debbie’s comment too. I think she is right. A child will know, when they know. I have never lied to Grace because whenever she has asked me if Father Christmas is real, I turn it back on her and say ’What do you think?’. I love the concept of Dinovember! Brilliant. I have never heard of it before. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo 🙂 x

    • Ooh #Dinovember is absolutely brilliant 🙂 Check out the hashtag on any social media channel and you’ll get tones of hits. Thanks Vic.

  6. I love the way you wrote this, so funny, even though the end isn’t as funny…It must be such fun in your household, such imagination! As for the shattering the dreams question, I’ve pretty much done the same as Debbie (in the comment above), telling my kids to go with what they feel. I couldn’t be the one to break it to them. It may be the coward’s way outbut it’s worked for us. #PoCoLo

    • Thanks Lou.
      Yes, this was definitely perfect timing to have this discussion and gather these ideas, before anyone starts asking about Father Christmas!! 🙂

  7. I’ not sure what Dinovember is all about, but I plan to Google it after this comment!

    It is difficult knowing the right thing to say when a child asks a question that will shatter a dream. I have always chosen not to shatter dreams, as once they know the truth there is no going back. I have never admitted the truth to my children (14 and 17) about the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny or Father Christmas, I always answered their questions by telling them to believe what they feel in their hearts…..I am pretty sure they know the truth now, but probably think that I don’t! As the visits still keep happening, although the Tooth Fairy is just hanging around waiting for the last couple of teeth!

    The world is a big ugly place, so I see no harm in enjoying the magic for as long as possible. When the time is right a child will know the answers.

    Popped over from #ShineBlogHop.

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