Coaching Parents in Storytelling Branson MO
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
National Certified Counselor
Tapestry Couneling, LLC
Sunset Hills, MO
Credentials: MSW, LCSW, CASAC
Licensed in Missouri
23 Years of Experience
Addictions/Substance, Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Alzheimer's, Caregivers
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)
Counseling Associates of Mid-Missouri
Jefferson City, MO
Licensed in Missouri
45 Years of Experience
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Personality Disorders, Anger Management
Children of Divorce
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)
Coaching Parents in Storytelling
Parent & Child
|Coaching Parents in Storytelling |
By Caron B. Goode
Mar 23, 2006, 21:49
Stories take us to magical places. They take us outside the realm of our reality and immerse us in a world of possibilities. These possibilities make storytelling an excellent tool for helping children meet the challenges of everyday living. Many children find it hard to discuss their problems. They may feel embarrassed, guilty or shy. Stories offer them a safe place to explore and identify their emotions. When children hear or read stories they become part of another world. It is a world similar to the one in which they live. There are parents, siblings, teachers, and friends. There are also characters who are dealing with the same situations they are. In this way, stories help children know they are not alone in their problems. They also let them see someone else handle the issue. Once exposed to how a storybook character masters a difficult situation, children are often inspired to tackle their own problems.
What's the problem? Before choosing a story to read or tell parents first need to pinpoint the problem. This can be difficult if your child is hesitant to share. Think back to the recent past. Has anything changed? Did you move? Did your child change schools or classrooms? Have you noticed that your child is not talking about or playing with the same children as before? Is your child having a hard time grasping a particular subject? Has your toddler developed a fear of the dark? Any change in routine, fear or new challenge may cause problems for your child.
Look for the book. Once parents identify the problem, they need to find a book that addresses it. Look for stories that are age appropriate and will appeal to your child. Your local librarian can help with this. Another resource is Books to Grow With - A Guide to Using the Best Children s Fiction for Everyday Issues and Tough Challenges. This reference book, written by Cheryl Coon, offers parents reading suggestions on over one hundred topics. From toilet training to starting school to death, there is a book written about it.
Accentuate the positive. Make sure that the story you choose has a positive message and positive values. The story is your tool. It is what will help you give your child the confidence to succeed. By seeing a character overcome a tough situation, the child gets the message it is possible. That he can do it too.
Choose a good time and place. Choosing when and where you share stories with your child can be as important as the story itself. Children will not benefit fully from the message if they are not focused. Pick a comfortable place with no noise or distractions. Choose a time when your child is more centered and less restless. If you have a young child, hold him close or on your lap so that there will be a connection. Also, if you are reading to more th...