If there’s one thing that children all over the world enjoy with equal enthusiasm, it’s a gripping, well-told tale. Research shows that reading stories out loud is not merely a fun exercise for children; it encourages the little ones to read more on their own, and also helps shape kids into well-read adults.
And that’s not all; narrating tales to infants is also supposedly linked with earlier and swifter development of speech, and goes on to help them expand their creative abilities much later in life.
With so many advantages to storytelling, it’s no wonder that parents are trying to allocate a little time each day to share some stories out loud with the little ones. However, a common yet pressing complication that most parents face is that with time, they tend to run out of stories. Almost as a godsend to help the parents-turned-raconteurs of today deal with days like these, here are three wonderful ideas for story-time.
Anecdotes from one’s own life
There’s nothing like the stories one has lived through. And passing on tales of how they grew up are certain to help parents grab, and keep, the attention of the kids. Children also generally tend to love listening to how their parents were as kids, and learning of the pranks they pulled and the games they played serve to cement the parent-child relationship. Furthermore, when parents share stories of their own childhood, it helps them bond better with their children, and assists the little ones in forming clearer and more familiar memories of their mothers and fathers.
Fables, folktales, and fairytales
These are tales that are as old as time, and for good reason; people from the generation of the Baby Boomers as well as folks from Gen X and Gen Y have grown up listening to classics like Cinderella and the Beauty and the Beast. And undoubtedly, the tiny tots from Gen Z will enjoy them in much the same way. The best part about these stories is that they make for the perfect bedtime stories, and enable children to broaden their imagination and grow into creative adults. As for parents, there are enough folktales and fairytales out there, so the possibility of running out of ideas is next to nothing.
Tales from history
Narrating tales of how the pyramids were built, of how fire was discovered, or of how the wheel was invented, may seem to be unconventional choices of stories to share with children. However, these kinds of tales are excellent options for parents who dream of having their children grow into well-informed and erudite adults. Sharing these stories during their formative years has also been shown to improve the levels of brain activity in children. And, as an added bonus, the little ones will always look back fondly and gratefully over the years they spent listening to these stories.
Ultimately, setting some time aside each day, or at least once a week, to narrate some stories to their children strengthens the parent-child bond, and builds lasting memories of a happy and delightful childhood.