Why storybooks are wonderful for children
Our children are obsessed with impressions, the small differences between words and thought patterns and actions. We need to help them understand the greater concept of not having to think so much, but simply letting it all happen in time. It’s a time of exploration, a period of wide-open decision-making, and a time of story-telling, where an imprint of impressions begins to take shape. It’s a time of learning.
What was a big lesson to your kid?
As this parent of 3rd graders, I became very interested in helping my kids learn how to make their lives a little more rich, purposeful, and life-giving by honoring and valuing their precious memories, stories, and stories within them.
I had a friend recently with a friend with 2 kids, and I decided to give her a week to practice being mindful and create a storybook about her friends, which I would develop into a professionally-produced audiobook. (To hear her story here.)
Why storybooks? Why not programs, apps, manuals?
There’s no question that children should be taught all about the useful, respectful, and safe behaviors they need to keep everyone safe.
But I believe deeply that my kids — and all of us — deserve to hear as many stories as possible: not just stories about real risks (which our children are naturally curious about and begin to think about), but also stories about new experiences, to help us understand each other and the entire complex, perplexing world we all live in.
Storytelling is an inexpensive, readily available, no-brainer way to teach younger children all about counting, what a credit card is, how to count in our own bedrooms, how to recognize abuse, how to recognize our family’s unhealthy habits (i.e. multitasking and watching TV), and so much more! And that’s what this program is about: that children can learn how to live safely, knowing their bodies are protected from themselves and from harm, and becoming empowered to feel safe at all times!
Storybooks have enough information for a lifetime of safe learning: It’s very different from all the mental health, medication, and home education curricula or books I’ve read or seen out there. As parents, we can all be better at helping our kids learn to love and support themselves, be reliable caretakers, and trust their intuition — and that includes teaching children how to use their imagination safely in order to make sense of the world, so that they can feel safe and confident in it.
What does it take to listen to children?
Learning to listen to kids in their own words takes training and practice, but it’s well worth it. (Kids love to tell stories — good, bad, and ugly!)
I love the new book I’ve written, What Do You Hear? Here’s how to start making sure your own child is being heard.
And I need your help to end childhood bullying and give our youth the skills and tools to survive the digital, competitive, and possibly deadly world in which they live.
I’m always looking for more resources! If you know a good story, story and recording tool out there that could be put to use in our work with our children, please send me an email: [email protected] Thanks so much!