Telling Your Stories
In todays busy world, many parents have lost
the art of telling their stories to their kids.
Here are some reasons why these stories are so
1. Use them to teach lessons about life.
Stories will stimulate conversations with your kids
more effectively than lecturing or trying to
get them to talk. There are a lot of issues
happening for your kids these days, and stories
give them a chance to reflect on them.
2. Stories connect your kids with previous
generations. In a society that seems to have
families spread out all over, it's vitally
important to have ways to have your kids feel
connected to their extended families.
3. Stories stimulate your kids
imagination. One of the best ways to prepare
your kids for the world is to engage them in vivid
stories that stir their imagination. Kids who are
exposed to these kinds of stories will be the
creative problem-solvers of the future.
4. Kids who are exposed to stories will
continue the tradition with their own families.
Knowing that your family traditions and stories
will be carried on by future generations is very
5. Stories can encourage your kids when
they're discouraged. Childhood can get pretty
discouraging sometimes. Kids are encouraged by
knowing that Mom or Dad have gone through the same
kinds of things and have survived.
6. Telling your stories has you remembering
your own childhood. Telling your kids about
your childhood is a great way for you to remember
and reflect on what was important about your
7. Telling stories helps to create depth and
soul in your kids. In a TV and media-crazy
culture, telling stories can capture your
kids attention and convey real meaning.
Its a way to show your kids whats
really important in your life.
8. Telling stories to your kids tells them
they're worth the time. Is there anything more
important than conveying to your kids that you want
to spend intimate time with them? Theyll
remember it forever.
9. Telling stories is a great chance to
convey your values. Your kids will be getting
quite a few messages from their friends and from
popular culture. Stories are a great opportunity to
sneak in a few of your cherished values for your
kids to hear.
10. Well-crafted stories create a wonderful
mind-set for your kids before they fall asleep.
Kids will fall asleep faster and with healthier
images when you tell them your stories.
Don't pass up the opportunity to connect with
your kids at the same time you tell them what's
important to you. It will be a huge gift to your
kids, and a huge gift to you.
© 2008 Mark
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To this day I can remember my father's
voice, singing over me in the stillness of the
night. - Carl G. Jung
a Masters degree in counseling psychology and has
been a counselor, business consultant, sports
counselor, and a certified life and business coach.
He has worked with individuals, teams, and
businesses to improve their performance for over 20
years. Prior to life and business coaching Mark was
a world-ranked professional tennis player and has
coached other world-ranked athletes. He has helped
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