How to Use
Storytelling
to Improve Behavior

What people
have known
since the dawn
of words:

Stories can teach as much as teachers!



Stories Teach!

Stories that teach what kids need taught

Remember when stories had morals? "The moral of the story is..."

The Tortoise!

  • "The Tortoise and the Hare" taught that diligence is rewarded.
  • "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" warned of the dangers of dishonesty.
Another one of those wolves!

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.

There are ten Children's Behavior Books...

Read what parents, teachers and professionals have said about the books.


Good stories teach good behavior. Bad stories teach bad behavior.

Lots of bad stories!

Another way in which times have changed is that our children are exposed to stories everywhere. TV is one story after another. Movies are long stories. Even video games tell stories...often disturbing ones.

Who better to choose a story than you?

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.

Not getting what he wants. But what about what he NEEDS?

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

Getting good lessons. (Usually.)

Our great religious books are filled with it. In our churches, temples and mosques, our religious leaders ask us to learn from these stories.

Our political leaders tell stories about people who their policies have helped...or who their opponent's policies have hurt.

Learned to trust her instincts!

Storytelling is built into the human psyche: we're meant to learn from these fictional tales. We're meant to identify with the characters in them.

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,

A story with the right lesson can keep your kid out of trouble!

"Stop doing that!"

What's wrong with "Stop doing that"?

  1. Telling your child what to do activates your child's willfulness. Your child's reaction: I don't want to do what I'm TOLD to do.
  2. Telling your child what to do doesn't explain and illustrate what the benefits of good behavior are.

What's right about storytelling?

I didn't do it!
  1. A well-chosen story makes the issue about some other child. That enables your child to listen and identify with the child in the story!
  2. The right story not only illustrates the benefits of good behavior, it shows the sad downside to bad behavior!

The difference between DEMANDING good behavior and ENCOURAGING IT...

...is the difference
between this:

Following orders.

and this:

Learning one's way.

Nothing wrong with The Ten Commandments! But...

They're rules. Rules are important, but children also 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?

A little extra effort can keep you safe!


  • Stories explain.
  • Stories allow children to identify with the main character.


Goldilocks is a story whose lesson isn't entirely clear!
  • Stories illustrate the consequences of bad behavior and the benefits of good behavior.
  • Stories remove your child's ego and willfulness from the equation by making the focus some other child's problems.

Stories allow your child to conclude:

I don't want that to happen to ME!


Picking the right story

If you want to find a story to help your child, here's what to look for:

  • A story with a main character your child can identify with
  • A story that's relevant to your child's problem behavior
  • A story without consequences that are too harsh. (Old fairy tales often ended with dead children! That's not how we teach lessons today.)
  • A story without consequences that are too mild. (The "price" of the consequences has to exceed the "benefit" of the bad behavior!)

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?

A child's own illustration from our book about covetousness. Click to view.

Here's a way...

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, the moral is hammered home once more!

Make sense?

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.

(See what other grown-ups say about them.)

Great storytellers:

  • Aesop
  • Grimm
  • Hans Christian Anderson
  • Jesus
  • Mark Twain
  • Mother Goose
  • Scheherazade
  • Shakespeare
  • Parents!
Me, Steve Barancik

The Author

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.

  1. Why? Because I can.
  2. How? Because you do the printing.

Here's the deal:

  1. Choose the book that speaks to your child's problem behavior.
  2. Decide whether an illustrated version or a text-only version is the right one for your child.
  3. Pay me.
  4. Download the book.
  5. Print, and put the power of storytelling to use!


  • Fibbing
  • Selfish Play Habits
  • Hard to Please
  • Not Cleaning Up
  • Needing Attention
  • Too Much Screen Time
  • Not Trying Hard Enough
  • Scared to Sleep Alone
  • Shyness
  • Picky Eating

(Schools, businesses and counselors: contact me for multi-use pricing.)

On
Craving Attention

On
Lying

On
Cooperative Play

On
Poutiness

Scared to Sleep Alone

Illustrated

child feeling abandoned

Special!
Two coloring behavior books for the price of one

Illustrated

child telling a lie

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Illustrated

girls playing board game

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Illustrated

boy wants what other boy has

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Illustrated

girl scared in bed

Special!
Two coloring behavior books for the price of one

Text only

children needing attention ebook

$3 US

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Text only

lying fibbing ebook

$3 US

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Text only

cooperative play ebook

$3 US

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Text only

cooperative play ebook

$3 US

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Text only

child sleeping alone ebook

$3 US

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On
Cleaning Up

On
Shyness

On
Watching Too Much TV

On
Poor Effort

On
Picky Eating

Illustrated

girl sitting in messy room

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Illustrated

girl clinging to mother

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Illustrated

parents standing in front of tv

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Illustrated

kids laughing in class

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Illustrated

boy at doctor's office

Special!
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Text only

cleaning up after yourself ebook

$3 US

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Text only

dealing with shyness ebook

$3 US

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Text only

too much tv ebook

$3 US

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Text only

poor effort ebook

$3 US

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Text only

picky eater ebook

$3 US

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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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The Illustrated Versions of Our Behavior Books

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How Vansanna Learned
that Work Can Be Fun

How Timbo Learned
that Telling the Truth
Really Does Work!

How Tombo Learned
to Turn Off the TV

How Smoolie Became
a Shy-entist

How Boberto Learned to Like Being by Himself Sometimes

How Cocoona Learned to Clean Even Better Than Her Parents

How Only Baloney Got Cured of Spoiled
Taste-Buds-Atitis

The Time Balooga Forgot
Other People's Feelings

How Bobo Learned
to Be Satisfied

How Sonora Got
Her Own Room Back