By: Sochna Noeu

 As children grow, they become curious to learn every bit of the events they witness in their daily lives. Reading and storytelling with babies and children promotes brain development and imagination, develops language and emotions, and strengthens relationships. All kids love stories! The wonderful images, ideas, places, and creatures illustrated in the books engage kids immensely. Besides being entertaining, the art of storytelling offers innumerable benefits that aid development in the early stages of childhood. Now, let’s dive into the benefits of storytelling and how it impacts children.

First, stories play an integral part in the early childhood learning program. Telling historical and traditional stories will help your kids to understand and stay connected to different customs and roots prevalent in the family.

Second, storytelling can have a huge impact on children’s attributes, so remember to define them well. Sharing compelling stories builds up their traits like honesty, truthfulness, gratitude, courage, wisdom, and many others since kids, young or old, love listening to stories. They try to emulate the attributes of characters and situations of the stories in their real life.

Third, it helps kids enhance their listening and thinking skills. Ensure the story session is lively and fun. This will grab their attention leading to improved listening and understanding skills.

Fourth, stories help you in achieving awareness and at the same time, it improves emotional intelligence and control over one’s emotions. The act of storytelling can teach your child to become more thoughtful towards others. Children subconsciously develop the ability to think for others. This feeling of correlating and concern for others, makes one a better individual.

Last but not least, listening to well-defined stories develops their vocabulary; which directly affects their speech during delivery. And this fact is pretty evident, that if their delivery of words and sentences are good it will automatically hike their confidence.

All in all, stories improve emotional intelligence and control over one’s emotions. Utilize this facet of children’s psyche to enhance their emotional intelligence, helping them understand how their actions affect others. So, tell the right stories that will develop a better understanding of unwanted real-life situations.

Reference: 14, 2020