Remember when stories had morals? "The moral of the story is..."
In the old days, many stories depicted danger around every corner.
Times have changed. We now have the luxury of concerning ourselves with our children's success, rather than merely their survival.
Good stories teach good behavior. Bad stories teach bad behavior.
Action. Sex. Violence.
Today, too often, all we ask of stories is that they entertain. We've lost the magic of a parent telling a well-chosen story for the purpose of teaching a moral lesson.
Our children are suffering for it. Their behavior is suffering for it.
It's time to put storytelling back in your parental toolbox!
Storytelling is everywhere you look
Our political leaders tell stories about people who their policies have helped...or who their opponent's policies have hurt.
A well told story can be the best, most positive way to teach your child an important lesson or address a problem behavior. It can be infinitely more effective than telling your child,
"Stop doing that!"
What's wrong with "Stop doing that"?
What's right about storytelling?
The difference between DEMANDING good behavior and ENCOURAGING IT...
Harness the power of storytelling to improve behavior
Commandments, Edicts, The Law...
They're all rules. Children need reasons. Reasons to follow the rules.
Children are much more likely to behave if they know why they're doing it and believe they'll benefit!
Are you starting to understand why stories work?
Stories allow your child to conclude:
Picking the right story
If you want to find a story to help your child, here's what to look for:
Remember also that stories are lessons, and lessons have to be learned and re-learned. Ask yourself: How will I repeat the story's message without it being obvious to my child what I'm doing?
Put the story in written form, either with lots of blank space on each page or with coloring book drawings. Why?
So that your child can illustrate it. Every time your child interacts with the story, it's one more repetition of the story's important message.
Now you can go looking for such stories. Or, if you're a creative type, you can write such a story. Or, if one of the common behavior problems we've mentioned is one your child is struggling with...
You can use one of my stories!
The Child Behavior Books
I've written some special stories for parents who want to harness the power of storytelling to help improve their children's behavior.
These are Ebooks you can download easily and put to immediate use. If your child enjoys drawing, then your child is the right age for my Child Behavior Books.
My name is Steve Barancik and I've spent almost my entire adult life writing and telling stories for a living. I've published stories in magazines, I've written movies, and I perform stories taken from my life for paying audiences. (Google me!)
I've used those storytelling skills in creating the Child Behavior Books. And here's a story that isn't fiction:
I'll sell these books to you for much less than the cost of a standard children's picture book.
Because these are ebooks, you can print out as many copies as you need for your family! (Note to institutional purchasers: please contact me for bulk pricing.)
I just know you're going to love your Child Behavior Books. And by the way, I love to hear from parents (and teachers) who have put the books to use!
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