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“Once Upon a Time” Actor Raphael Sbarge on Fatherhood and Storytelling

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Raphael Sbarge Once Upon a TimeI’m a huge fan of “Once Upon a Time,” and if you watched the show as avidly as I did each week, you’ll recognize actor Raphael Sbarge in his dual role as Jiminy Cricket and psychologist Archie Hopper.  The show, which has been renewed for a second season, is centered on the power of storytelling and finding the extraordinary truth in ordinary fairy tales.

Here, in an exclusive essay for Parents.com, Sbarge writes about his own roles as father, storyteller, and entertainer for his two kids.  He shares how making up bedtime stories (such as The Adventures of Seymour and Alice) helped instill imagination, creativity, and a love for books. Just in time for Father’s Day, read an excerpt from the essay below.

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I have two children, a son and a daughter. Django is now 7 and Gracie is 9. One problem I had when they were younger is that a book for one child wasn’t necessarily for the other, and bedtime was a precious window. I discovered one day, quite by accident, that I could make up my own stories. These stories would invariably come from a kind of free association, as random and ridiculous as whatever would occur to me in the moment, like the tale of a female pillow that had lost her owner and decided to find him. Or a bird that woke up one day and was able to talk to humans but would occasionally lose control and speak bird again.

But I really hit pay dirt with my ongoing series, The Adventures of Seymour and Alice, about a brother-and-sister adventure duo that would often get lost and find themselves in fantastic and perilous circumstances, yet by ingenuity, gumption, and a deep desire to help one another, would always find their way home. Click here to read the full essay by Raphael Sbarge.

 

Follow Raphael Sbarge on Twitter (@RaphaelSbarge) and on Facebook (facebook.com/officialraphaelsbarge).

Photo Credit: T Love Photography by Tena Fanning

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Will Your Child “Go the F*** to Sleep”?

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Have you heard about this book? It comes out in a few weeks, but it’s already gone viral, which is not surprising considering it’s absolutely hysterical. Adam Mansbach, father of 2 1/2-year-old Vivien, wrote it in the spirit of a children’s book, but with the kind of words you’re saying when you’ve put your child to bed and she just won’t wrap it up. Such as:

The tiger reclines in the simmering jungle.

The sparrow has silenced her cheep.

F*** your stuffed bear, I’m not getting you sh*t.

Close your eyes. Cut the crap. Sleep.

Who can’t relate? This weekend we’re moving Lila from a crib to a bed, so I fear her newfound freedom is going to make this book a little too relevant for us…

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