Parenting through Stories-It matters
Did you know, messages delivered as stories can be up to 22 times more memorable than just facts?
Parenting is an art that no one can perfect! An essential aspect of parenting is to groom children in ways that help them grow into good adults and enable them to be in sync with the outerworld. Well, thanks to the growing digital technology which has made it really easy for parents to engage their children in a virtual world, there is nothing that can beat the simple pleasure of childhood, that is the beauty of storytelling to your kids.
Storytelling plays a critical role in every child’s growing years for his or her overall development. Whether it is as simple as talking about your childhood or sharing a funny story about your day, parenting through stories offers several advantages to children.
Stories help shape their world
As parents we are always protective of our children. Their world is generally limited to a certain environment. Stories take them to far-flung places, open their eyes and imaginations to challenging situations and help them expand their horizons. The stories you tell your children help them shape their view of the world. Stories help them connect with the real world with ease and reason.
Stories enhance problem solving skills
When you tell or read stories with situations and solutions to your children, it helps them work out how to solve problems in reality. Children have strong imaginations. Their innocent minds connect with characters of the story with ease and relate their situations with the real world.
Stories have a positive impact on social behaviour
Storytelling is a great way to bond with your children. They can make children more empathetic and also help them understand people better. It helps them increase their cultural understanding. When you tell stories to your children, it helps instill virtues that they carry with them into their adulthood. For example: a simple story that talks about sharing is caring can give the required reasoning to your children as to why they need to instill this value in real life.
Stories help boost multiple skills
Stories are a great way to trigger imagination, enhance focus, improve vocabulary, concentration, creativity, literacy skills, listening skills and communication skills. Listening to stories regularly helps in brain development hence resulting in better retention and recollection. Stories make learning easier and prepare children for their academic years.
Stories shape personality
When we recollect our childhood memories, stories that we heard from our grandparents make an essential part of these memories. Besides what we ate and people we met, the thing that makes us what we are today, are the stories that we heard in our childhood. As parents, we play an important role in carrying forward this tradition to our children in order to shape their personality and future.
Parenting through stories is a great way to nurture your child’s individuality and overall development. Whether you tell them stories verbally, by reading a book or through audio books, do discuss these stories with your children and kindle their imagination and make your bonding time worthy. Did you tell your child a story today?
About the Author: HeyCloudy, The StoryLearning App is a screen-free Audio stories app for children between 2-8 years. HeyCloudy actively advocates “Parenting Through Stories” and helps new parents to prepare their child to be a happy and productive adult.