You probably don’t need me to remind you how important stories were in your younger years.
However, the act of orally telling a story seems to be losing to animated movies, video games and social media.
The truth is those mediums or platforms are great places for storytelling, but it’s not the same as sitting down with your grandchildren and sharing a story with them.
What stories could you share?
Almost any story is worth sharing.
Many of the tales we grew up with children still find interesting and fun today.
They may seem old-fashioned, but they will be interesting because your grandchildren will not have heard them before. They’ll also be about subjects and times that they are not familiar with.
What if the stories I know are not politically correct?
Political correctness exists to protect those who have suffered an injustice.
It is not okay to diminish another human being based on race, color, religion or gender.
In these fractious times, this is an important lesson we can pass on to our grandchildren.
Many old stories have a level of violence in them too.
I remember how terrified I was of the story of Bluebeard when I was growing up. The thought of the innocent bride opening the forbidden door and being caught scared me half to death!
Children are not more or less sensitive than we were. They are, however, all individuals, so you might want to tone down a few of the classics if you are worried about frightening your grandchild.
Why not share a story about your childhood or what your parents did.
Have a go!
Don’t let political correctness or violence stop you, though.
Sharing a story at any time is a wonderful way to bond with your grandchildren.
Set the scene and get straight into the action, the drama and then wow them with the conclusion!
There’s no better way to spend your time!