One of my favourite parts of teaching little kids, is reading them stories. They might be feeling unsettled, but once a good story begins, you can feel the calm and quietness fill the room.
It’s a bit the same with my kids at home. I love to be able to sit down and read aloud, or have them read aloud. As I write this, I am grateful for the reminder to do this more.
I came across this writing that was like a missing jigsaw piece, it explained to me why I love reading stories so much and why it is so powerful.
“…But what can we really do to make this world feel safe? Less frantic and overwhelming? How can we make it more beautiful and loving for the people entrusted to us?
Of course, there is no single answer.
But often we overlook one simple thing that’s easily within our grasp, perhaps because we underestimate its power.
It’s the power of stories.
Good stories have the ability to transform realities, ignite imaginations, and help people find their place in the world.
It’s the stories we tell of heroes with obstacles to overcome, and of kindness and courage that win the day.
Stories that ask questions and inspire conversation.
Stories that entertain us and make us laugh.
Stories that open our minds to color, texture, nuance, and big ideas.
Whether picture books read aloud, family tales told around the table, or chapter books marked with dog-ears to pick up where we left off, stories bring us together through shared moments and experiences.
They feed our children’s roots and nourish their souls.”
(from the blog ‘A Holy Experience‘)
As the Christmas season comes upon us, may you find time to read and tell stories that encourage your kids (and others) of love and good things.