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The Joy Of Storytelling with Kids

By Fredrica Syren:

My kids goes to a Waldorf school, and at one parent meeting the teacher talked about storytelling and Reading to kidshow important it is for kids. I remember as a child how much fun it was when adults would tell stories, whether fiction or life stories. I remember fondly our Sunday School teacher reading stories at the end of class. We all would sit completely still, mesmerized by the story and disappointed when it was over because it meant we had to wait another week before hearing it again.

Now I read books to my kids all the time. Their favorites are the ones I read using fun voices. They and I love snuggling up on the sofa or bed when I read to them. I can tell that they will make up plays or games for themselves based on these stories.

We also try to tell stories we make up ourselves. It might seem like a hard thing to do, but I found that once you get started, it will flow. Quite frankly, the kids really don’t judge our stories; they just enjoy them instead. Lately, Noah, who is now 6, wants to be part of creating the story. Yesterday I made up a story about a bunny named Ben who realized he really didn’t like eating carrots because he didn’t like the color orange. Yes, simple with many possibilities. Some days I just tell a fun story from my life. They really enjoy hearing about the time Mommy and Daddy got married, or when we went scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef. Sometimes Daddy will just tell about his day and they can tell us about theirs.

storytelling-titleI really feel that storytelling is beneficial to kids in so many ways: mentally, socially and educationally. The fact is that most people, no matter what age, like hearing stories. I also feel that storytelling is becoming a lost art, especially because we’re becoming busier and busier. It’s so easy to place kids in front of the TV or computer for stories, but it really is not a good substitute for someone’s reading to them.

Family stories can be told anywhere and almost at any time. They just take our time and some imagination or our own memories. These stories can make children think, let their fantasy flow and inspire them. But, most important, they will have these stories for a lifetime and you will have the memories of bonding.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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