But after the story is over, important conversational seeds have been sewn. Using the story as a foundation for your discussion takes the attention away from your child allowing them to react to what they’ve just heard or seen the characters go through.
But recently a friend reminded me of an addition benefit gleaned from reading to our children. And chances are it has slipped past most of us. Within the pages of many good children’s books are highlighted some of the greatest of life’s lessons delivered in a way your child can understand. And these lessons are also helpful tools in guiding our children.
Let me give you a few examples:
Concern: Child is frustrated because they are the smallest or youngest child in the family. Smallest
kid on the playground or team.
Quote: “Never forget that even the grandest of trees once had to grow up from the smallest of seeds”
Book: Miss Maple’s Seeds By: Eliza Wheeler
Concern: Child being bullied, afraid to spend the night away from home or anxious about starting
a new activity, sport or club.
Quote: “Promise me you’ll remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than
seem, smarter than you think."
Book: Winnie the Pooh By: A.A. Milne
Concern: Child feels that they are different from everyone else, weird, because they are filled
with unique thoughts and ideas.
Quote: My idea “ It wasn’t just a part of me anymore…it was now part of everything. And then, I realized
what to do with an idea....You change the world."
Book: What Do You Do With An Idea? By: Kobi Yamada
Having trouble finding the right book to help you teach one of life’s lessons or to provide a foundation for an important conversation? In the back of each of my parenting books I list tons of helpful books. Check out my website for more information. www.project-parenting.com