“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today” – Robert McKee, a creative writing instructor

 

We now spend the majority of our leisure time riveted to the displays of mobile phones, tablets, and other such devices. We appear to rely on technology not simply to make our lives more pleasant, but also to meet our emotional requirements. Despite technological breakthroughs, however, devices continue to lack the “human touch.” One depressing result is that the value of storytelling for youngsters has declined.

A chat with loved ones is always precious and enjoyable. The same may be said about children. They enjoy conversing, listening to stories, and making up their own stories to tell to others. And have you ever noticed that our talks are nothing more than a collection of stories?

To add to Robert McKee’s comment, it can be claimed that telling tales is the best approach to help youngsters see every day in a new and intriguing light.

The advantages of teaching children stories include:

Stories stimulate the imagination:

Listening to stories continuously enhances a child’s interest and imagination. The key to inquiry and creative thought is fantasy. A child’s mind’s rich imagery drives him or her to experiment with ideas and create experiences without fear of being evaluated or rejected.

Storytelling helps youngsters expand their vocabulary by exposing them to new words. They enjoy hearing their favorite stories over and over, so they become acquainted with new terminology. Your kid will be able to express herself more clearly and effectively as her vocabulary grows.

Stories deal with emotions: Stories play an important function in your child’s social and emotional development. Talking about sentiments and emotions through the characters in a narrative is considerably simpler than trying to explain them to your youngster. Children frequently experience tough emotions including sadness, rage, jealousy, and frustration. Weaving these emotions into a tale is a safe method to help your child understand his or her own emotions and learn to manage them in the same way that the characters in the story do.

Stories inculcate values: What parents cannot do with directives, storytelling can. Stories help children learn values in a fun and stress-free way. A good moral narrative, as opposed to lectures and guidance from parents, stays with a youngster.

Short tales are engaging: Short stories are a fantastic technique for comforting youngsters, particularly when they are agitated and want assistance in calming down. A brief account of what is going on at the time creates a short tale. Short stories are just enough to keep a child’s attention while also arousing his interest and creativity.

Bedtime tales can be soothing:

After a long day, listening to a bedtime tale is peaceful and comforting. It induces tiredness in the youngster, preparing him for a nice night’s sleep. When you are unable to spend meaningful time with your child during the day, putting him to bed with a tale shows him that he is loved and cared for.

Now that you understand the significance of sharing tales with children, let us recognize that it does not always have to be a ‘once upon a time narrative. Anything you want to tell your child and want him to listen to with his whole attention may become a story, and Storytime can take place at any time. Doesn’t it seem intriguing?

Here are two approaches to being a storyteller:

  • Choose a storybook with a lot of large images. Allowing your youngster to select the book is always a smart idea. As you read the story to your kid, point to the illustrations. Make Storytime a daily ritual that both your kid and you look forward to with anticipation.
  • Find out what your youngster is most interested in. It may be a toy vehicle, a kitchen playset, a cartoon character, chocolates, or a train trip, among other things. By adding elements to his interest, you might begin to weave a tale around it. Make it a brief tale at begin, then progressively add additional information based on his preferences. When your youngster helps you in creating the narrative, the fun really begins.

Tips for storytelling:

  • Plan your story well
  • Use language your child can understand
  • Maintain eye contact
  • Modulate your voice
  • Plan the pauses at critical moments
  • Narrate the story like a movie
  • Encourage interaction while narrating the story
  • Create sound effects

While storytelling helps parents bond with their children, it is also a great technique for both parents and children to limit screen time! You may also become your child’s favorite storyteller!

 

 

Article by

Rose .A. Milani,

Based in Melbourne, Australia

Parent Coach and Registered Mental Health Counsellor

Rose.A.Milani@gmail.com

www.Milani.net.au

 

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