“Tell Me A Story! Family Storytelling” by Kate Farrell

Today, our homes contain an array of digital devices: We are living in an electronic surround. We are connected by screens and devices large and small, an unavoidable part of life during this time of the coronavirus crisis.

But screen time has a downside for children. We can lose the close, personal connection needed for young children to thrive. Bonding between caregivers and the very young is critical—through touch, gaze, and conversation.

We parents and caregivers can hope to limit screen time, but what can we do instead of watching TV, streaming movies, gaming, or scrolling through social media? Regardless of the ever-present screens, we can take heart knowing that children are hardwired to love traditional storytelling.

Traditional storytelling is a timeless art that has great value in the home, particularly in early childhood. The intimate bonding between teller and listener creates a deep connection, vital in the first years. Indeed, the shared storytelling experience can provide a safe space within the home, where magical, wonderful events take place and end with a satisfying conclusion.

Reading picture books is an excellent activity for the very young, especially when it fosters conversation and retellings. But the art of storytelling is even more basic, not only for its intimacy, but because it draws from a worldwide store of traditional stories—handed down by word of mouth over centuries.

Once you begin sharing the special magic of a storytelling with the children in your care, the sheer joy of doing so will motivate you to tell stories again and again.



Story Power by Kate Farrell

Story power

Secrets to Creating, Crafting, and Telling Memorable Stories

Stories are everywhere. The art of storytelling has been around as long as humans have. And in today’s noisy, techy, automated world, storytelling is not only prevalent—it’s vital. Whether you’re interested in enlivening conversation, building your business brand, sharing family wisdom, or performing on stage, Story Power will show you how to make use of a good story.