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storieChild Books: Helping your Child Grow and Flourish

storieChild Books: Helping your Child Grow and Flourish

All of us were born to be the heroes of our own stories.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful it we actually lived our entire lives believing that?  Believing that we were good and capable and could rise to the circumstance that life presented…that we could use our special qualities to save the day?

Today I spent some time reading storieChild Books.  Not only are they read-aloud books, which promotes brain development and increased capacities for learning, but your child is the hero in each of them.  The story lines are unique and specialized to capture your child at a specific moment, helping them see themselves through the eyes of people who not only love them, but see them as successful, strong and capable.

Behaviorists Walker and Shea write in their 1995 book, Behavior Management that children have a natural need for attention and approval.  storieChild books are built around these two important needs.  When you read and re-read these books to your children, they hear again and again of their unique and special place in the world.  Through this process, they are more likely to believe that they have the qualities to become better and more effective members of their communities. Beliefs guide our efforts and activities and become the tools we use to craft a healthy and happy life. storieChild books can assist you to guide your children to that goal.

All parents hope their children will grow to be competent, positive, confident adults.  Happily, much has been written and researched about this topic.  You can find information in your libraries, online, in books and in magazines.  Parents of this generation are lucky to have an abundance of resources at their fingertips.

Sometimes, however, all this information can be confusing.  It helps to turn down the volume on all of the experts and think about a few important, simple and effective things you can do for your children that will have a lasting and positive impact on their later lives.  

If I could recommend only one such activity to parents of young children it would be to read to them.  Children develop better communication skills, have a better grasp of abstract concepts and logic, concentrate better and eventually become better readers themselves when they are read to.

Read early. Read often.

 

Community is Key

Community is Key

A child needs to learn early on that good people will catch them if they fall. And so do moms. And that is a lesson we learned the hardest way possible.

 

My children’s first day of life was spent in the NICU with an amazing team of nurses and doctors, while I lay immobile in a hospital bed. Quite suddenly, like a baptism by fire, I realized this parenting journey was not meant to be done alone. My precious little boys lived because other people--strangers at the time--took care of them. They watched, fed, changed, and even sang to them. While my amazing husband was torn between caring for me and caring for his babies, all of us in critical condition, we had other people meeting our family’s needs. From our first moments as parents, we learned that we were not going to be the only ones raising our children.

It has become one of my life’s greatest joys to watch my boys smile when they hear someone else’s voice telling them that they are special. When their Nanna walks in and scoops them up with “I love you” and “I’ve missed you.” Or when my boys want to send videos every single day to their favorite friend-turned-uncle. To see my boys glow at the sight of new toys shared by neighbors. I am hopeful that some day, my two little sons will grow up understanding that it is okay to need people. As a mom, I have needed others from day one. 


How can you open up your world to let others in? How can you be there to help those you love as they raise their own kids?