Most every parent knows the request for “I want a fun bedtime story” issued by their little ones. Here are three tips about bedtime stories that are fun for you and them.
1. Learn to tell stories and not just read them.
You are not limited to the books you have on your shelf, from the bookstore or library. Stories existed and were passed on well before cheap printing was available. Put down the book and give your kids the gift of looking them in the eye while you talk with them. Learn to tell, not just read stories, to your children. Explore guides like the “DaddyTeller”™ book that teaches Dads (and Moms, too) how to be heroes to their children while passing on family values through one simple story at a time. Storytelling techniques are easy to learn in a step-by-step book such as “DaddyTeller.”™
2. Storytelling improves literacy and math skills.
You might be thinking, “Bedtime stories improve literacy? Telling stories for children can make math scores improve?” These are surprise benefits of bedtime stories! All this time you thought you were just trying to get your little monkeys to go down to sleep. Your bedtime story also helps your child grow intellectually! Children who hear and tell stories subtly learn skills such as sequencing, categorizing, imaginative play, prediction, characterization and more. Even if you do not know what all those terms mean, your kid’s brain is subconsciously practicing and applying these skills.
3. Bedtime stories benefit you, the parent, too.
Let us not forget the benefits to parents of storytelling with your children. No matter if you read books or tell stories, you are taking the time to slow down and bond with this little one whom you love so much. For many parents, our days are filled with much rushing around. Take the time in the evening to snuggle with your child. You are creating memories for both you and them. You’ll need these memories for when your preschooler turns teen one-day and has learned to push all your panic buttons. Sit down to share a story with your child and lower your blood pressure. Sit down and tell a story while you pay special attention to how you, not the TV or Internet, have these moments to educate your child and pass on your values through the stories you choose.
Choose a bedtime story tonight and grow the good things in the lives of you and your child.
Sean Buvala is the executive director of the internationally recognized Storyteller.net. He is also the author of the book “DaddyTeller™: Be a Hero to Your Kids and Teach Them What’s Really Important by Telling Them One Simple Story at a Time.” You can order the book at www.daddyteller.com