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.