Telling and sharing stories has been a part of every culture in the world. Traditionally storytellers were held in high esteem. They brought news from other villages, as well as, from strange lands. This news always took the form of enchanting tales shared over a wood fire or inside cozy rooms.
Stories come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes
Today stories come from books, television shows, cartoons, movies, social media platforms and video games.
Stories should come from you – You are also one of the best sources of stories. You should be telling stories of your childhood or myths and legends that you know. It’s a great way to connect with your grandchildren.
New ideas and possibilities
When children hear a story their minds are exposed to new ideas and possibilities. Different characters, places, ways of behaving cultivate their minds and help them to become more broad-minded.
These stories offer them so many new and fascinating possibilities. They may even offer them solutions to problems they are dealing with.
The important thing to remember is that children act less literally on things they have learned from a story than we think.
A child may read the story of The Ugly Duckling and sadly identify with the character. But, they may see that there is hope and that our looks change as we grow up.
Stories, new and old, help generate a whole raft of ideas which can shape our grandchildren, and make them better members of their community.