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.