'Story Time' spelled out in colourful letters

When working with children and teenagers, I often find myself telling them a story about experiences I had when I was younger, experiences my children have had and situations they have found themselves in, or stories of other children to illustrate a point. For example, a child may find making friends difficult, so I will tell them about other children who also found it tough to make friends and the strategies they used to form friendships. I do this so the children see that they are not the only ones to have this type of problem and that other children have felt the same way and there are solutions out there. It’s a good starting point to then discuss ideas and strategies of how they think they can resolve their own problems. I love the power of storytelling.

Love The Power Of Storytelling

I love the magic of telling children stories as well as sharing my experiences of growing up and I think it adds a deeper connection between myself and the child as they see me as someone who also had to navigate the choppy waters of growing up. Next time your child needs to solve a problem and finds themselves stuck, share a story. You don’t even have to tell them how it got resolved.  Get them to make suggestions of what they would have done in your situation and they’ll be half-way to solving their own problem!

Story Telling With Purpose And Hidden Lessons

Being Me And Loving It Cover Image - Naomi Richards - The Kids Coach

Being Me (And Loving it) is a collection of 29 real-life and relatable stories that can be used by parents with their children at home.

Each story focuses on one prevalent issue that children face and has a host of activities (over 100) and discussion points that parents can use with their children.

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