The importance of stories at bedtime

Whether a story is funny, sad, scary or strange, they give children food for thought. When we do it at bedtime, we also give our children the strong message that we care for them. At the moment of ‘detachment’ (saying ‘goodnight’) we are saying that we are ‘attached’ (we’re there for them).

Some of the best times you’ll ever have as a parent is sharing a story at bedtime. And, from the child’s point of view, as that child grows up, it’ll be one of the most beautiful memories you’ll ever have of those people who took the time to share stories with you.

I still remember our dad reading us stories when we were younger. We loved the fact that he did lots of voices for the characters

I think because of that both my brother & I love books. I wanted the same for the boys. Since they were little we have read books. Baby M has a selection in our bookcase which are at his level so he can grab them any time. He will take it upon himself to grab a book & bring it over

Mini M was the same. He loves books now. We have to read at least 4 books every night. He is starting to read more and more by himself too. I try to do the voices like my dad did.

Bedtime stories allows time for us all to unwind. I read to Mini M every night and it gives us time just the two of us. Plus when the stories are finished he asks for cuddles and then daddy goes up to say night.

Last week was National Storytelling Week.

Room to Grow (Children’s bedroom furniture retailer) understand the importance and benefits of storytelling and have selected three books ideal for relaxing and inspiring.

  • Aspirational – ‘The wonderful things that you will be’ by Emily Martin. This New York Times Best Seller uses rhythmic rhyme and beautiful (and sometimes humorous) illustrations to express all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children.
  • Engaging – ‘Press here’ by Herve Tullet. Each read of this book allows your child to embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next; watch your child giggle with delight!
  • Relaxing – ‘Crab and Whale: a new way to experience mindfulness for kids’ by Mark Pallis. This book is an imaginative and engaging way to introduce mindfulness to children. The charming and heart-warming story will teach lessons such as: How can a tiny crab help a big, beached whale?

I think we have many more years of bedtime stories ahead

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