Updated: Jan 2
Stories have been a major part of our childhood and Once upon a time was the trigger for our never-ending imagination. The times when our parents narrated a story while tucking us into the bed. These stories were sometimes imaginative and hilarious while other days they were moral based or told about what existed in the womb of time. Or maybe just a family incident narrated hilariously.
Remember what a joy it was! THE CURIOSITY! THE FUN! THE EXCITEMENT OF WHAT'S NEXT!!
But today, as parents, how many times a week do you narrate a story to your kid?
Kids love stories... That is as true as the earth being round.
Is your child a fussy eater? Narrat him a story and he will!
Stories have the power to change any situation for the better! At any given place!
But nowadays, parents are just too busy in their lives to spare their kids a little storytime. It has been easier for them to hand over a gadget to their child instead of entering with them into their imaginary worlds.
Today, if a child does not eat food, he is asked to watch mindless cartoons. When they throw a tantrum, they are handed over a phone/tablet to play games.
And here is where the problem begins...
Stories help children acquire a lot of learning opportunities and growth milestones
Maybe you are thinking, "Our time was different, our generation was different... Kids these days won't listen to stories... They are better off with cartoons."
If yes, then you are wrong. According to psychology, storytelling plays a very important role in the cognitive development of infants and kids.
Cognitive development refers to how a person perceives, thinks, and gains an understanding of his or her world through the interaction of genetic and learned factors. Cognitive development includes information processing, intelligence, reasoning, language development, and memory which can be enhanced through storytelling.
Reading and listening to stories from different angles helps the child to develop a better understanding of their environment and the people around them.
Storytelling is not only a means of entertainment but also a means of passing on family traditions and cultural history through generations. It can also help your child to explore their interest area.
Not only this, there is another takeaway of storytelling! Your child might get into the habit of reading books.
A child accompanied by a book is unbeatable
Worried about your child spoiling his/her eyesight due to long hours of screen time? Don’t worry! Just get him a book!
Reading books not only improves your vocabulary but also prepares you for a good night's sleep, helps to reduce stress, fights depression and has many more positive impacts on your mental health!
If your child is not into reading books, tell him one and curiosity will get the best of them!