Storytelling Ideas and Story Starters

Storytelling can be intimidating, right?  Some parents worry that they won’t know what to talk about, how to craft the story, that it won’t be interesting enough to hold their child’s attention. Let’s face it: in this animated, electronic, mini-series world it can feel like we’re in a tough competition for our kids’ attention.

Sometimes, even if storytelling does come very naturally to us, by the time bedtime rolls around, we’re simply too tired from a day of parenting to come up with something creative and engaging on the spot. I don’t know about you, but I often think of the perfect thing to say after the moment has passed and this happens when I’m put on the spot to tell a story sometimes, too.

So, most parents rely on books, which are totally wonderful and you’ll never catch me being down on reading to your kids. No way!  Full bookshelves, reading the classics and discovering new favorites with your kids is a terrific thing.

However, I think we miss a valuable opportunity for creativity, self-expression, and an opportunity for bonding with our kids if we never branch out into storytelling and make up our own stories to tell our children.

Plus, making up stories is a great excuse for silliness and who doesn’t need more of that in their life?

I know that “tell me a story” can be a phase that parents begin to dread.  But, the truth is, this is one of those areas where I think parents tend to over-think the task. We worry too much about perfection, but no elaborate plots or theater degrees are needed.

Children love simple stories and they love it when we are the ones telling them.

So, today I am going to share some very simple ideas for storytelling and give you a few story starters, too.

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5 Simple Ways to Invite More Rhythm to Your Days

5 Simple Ways to Invite Rhythm into Your Daily Life | SimpleKids.netReaders, I’m so happy to share this guest post with you today that was written by my friend Kathy Stowell.  I think you’ll love what she has to say about adding rhythm to your days. – Kara

Maybe it’s the half-Latina in me but, ay carumba, I love rhythm! But it wasn’t always this way.

I resisted rhythm at the beginning of my parenting journey because of my mom. A full-blooded Latina, she really pressed upon me the importance of a strong daily rhythm with a new-born babe in the house.

Unfortunately, at the time, she used the word ‘routine.’ Something about that word repelled me back then and I resisted. So I went about my happy, ‘no rhyme or reason’ ways. But, as it turns out, Mamisita was right. Embracing a strong rhythm to our family’s days offers a whole host of benefits.

Luckily, I noticed this in time for the welcoming of our second child four years later.

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It is okay to be a “NO” mom.

LucysnowMarch2013Take it from Lucy: don’t put anything in your ear but your elbow.

My apologies for being a little bit late with this week’s parenting mission and vlog. We had a mini health related adventure, which I explain in the video, that threw me off of my normal recording schedule. (It is always something, right?)

Anyway, a day late, but here is this week’s parenting video and reminder to myself that sometimes it is okay to be a NO mom. In fact, it might be vital to keeping things from getting too complicated around here.

So, pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of your favorite brew, and give yourself a time out for the next 7 minutes as I invite you to join me in this week’s parenting mission:

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Monday mission: parenting with a positive attitude {vlog}

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Hello!  It is Monday, which means it is time for another Monday Mission.

This week I’m talking with you about keeping a positive attitude and smiling, even during the mundane tasks of parenting and adulthood. 

It is easier said than done, for sure!  That’s why I’m making it my focus this week.

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Monday mission: connect with your kids on their level.

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At the end of 2013 I started giving myself Monday Missions – easy tasks to do and gentle reminders for the week ahead to help make things simpler for me and the kids. It turns out that what helps me also helps some of you, so I dusted off my YouTube channel and have begun to record some simple vlogs for you.

So, here we are, grab your morning cup of coffee and join me for five minutes of parenting inspiration as we begin our week:

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