Once Upon A Bedtime Story

A podcast of classic bedtime story for children of all ages.

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Mar 23rd, 2016 by royhayward at 8:26 pm

If only there were a magical potion to make someone happy. Alas such a potion does not exist. Or does it? Well if it does, the wizard of this story certainly does not know it. This is a story about magic, and it is a story about love. But as you might expect this is a story where the use of magic doesn't make love come true. 

Find out what happens, who is in love and who is happy. And find out who has the glass dog.
Mar 14th, 2016 by royhayward at 5:57 am

Words have a power that are greater than many things in our lives. And even though we may need food, clothing and shelter to live, We treasure words more sometimes. So it is for the Goblin in this story. And so it is with each of us. 

Mar 1st, 2016 by royhayward at 11:00 pm

Tales of times gone by that deal with how to select a bride for a prince or a groom for a princess seem to be very thick. As are tales where a kingly father must select one of his sons to succeed him. Its always amusing that there are so many of these stories. But then I guess the nobility wrote down their bedtime stories more often. 

In any case, this is a tale of a Prince and his servant, and the contention that comes between them when on a journey of the kingdom. Its not the normal tale of finding a bride. 
Feb 22nd, 2016 by royhayward at 9:30 pm

The Story of Ruth from the Bible is a wonderful faith building story that brings the culture from the Old Testament alive in a meaningful way. I remember that when I heard this story, I started asking questions and it created a wonderful opportunity for my parents to share their faith with me.

There is a bunch of details in this story that can lead both parent and child to a greater understanding of the scriptures, and build a stronger family bond using the power of scriptures and faith.
Feb 15th, 2016 by royhayward at 6:12 am

Sometimes life doesn't turn out the way we want it to. And so it was for the donkey, the dog, the cat, and the roster in this story. But they didn't just give up, they took their destiny in their hands and went out to make their fortune. 

This also didn't turn out as they had planned, but they did end up better off than they started, and became satisfied with their situation. 
I love the way this story takes these animals and humanizes them at the same time keeping them in a world with people. And yet lets them be be both full characters and still animals. 
I also enjoy the way this story brings characters that have little in common but a dream, and lets them work together and become friends. 
Lessons like these are timeless, and is one of the reason this story remains a classic favorite.
Feb 14th, 2016 by royhayward at 6:17 am

It may not be a bedtime story today, but for this Valentines Day here is a poem as a bonus that goes along with our normal content. 

Valentines day can be a stressful time as children work out relationships and sometimes this doesn't get less stressful as we get older. In both cases, its nice to hear the feelings of others as they wrestle with relationships of the heart. 
Feb 8th, 2016 by royhayward at 6:49 am

As a boy I had several toys that I made real in the same way that the Velveteen Rabbit became real. At least they were real to me as a boy. So I always had a special connection to the boy and his rabbit in this story.

I know that some people never make this type of emotional connection with toys as children. I think I always wonder about them a little. Because when I listen to this story and remember the times I played with toys made real by love as a child, the magic of those times comes back, just a little, and I can feel the wonder of pure imagination once more. 
Its one of the things that makes me want to share these stories with people now that I'm a grownup child. 
Feb 1st, 2016 by royhayward at 6:58 am

The story of the Three Bears is one of the most universal classics that I remember from my childhood. The narrative is straight forward and easy to remember and lends itself to easy memorization by the youngest listening children. 

I remember hearing different versions stressing different virtues that Goldie Locks was lacking from different story tellers at different ages and times. They ranged from not going into other peoples homes and rooms, which is the most obvious moral, to good hygiene and manners. 
An interesting experiment to do with your kids is to tell the story and leave the moral off and then ask them what they think Goldie Locks should learn.
Jan 25th, 2016 by royhayward at 6:53 am

One of the classic bedtime stories about a frog and a princess, and the prince he becomes.

Jan 18th, 2016 by royhayward at 10:23 am

A tale from Hans Christian Anderson about a quest for a real princess. A classic bedtime story.