We hear from doctors, see it on the media, read it on the internet. Story time is very important for kids. Do you know why?
It’s good for building vocabulary, stimulating the child’s imagination, improving their communication skills, and even when the baby is still in the womb, it’s good for them to get used to mommy and daddy’s voice.
It’s good for numerous developmental reasons, but there’s one more reason we don’t see very often on the magazines, websites or TV: creating memories.
Story time will create memories in your child’s mind and heart to be treasured forever!
Story time is creating memories time
Two days ago, I was at the park with my husband and our two sons. My husband was swinging our baby back and forth, while I chased our oldest son.
I got a little tired of chasing him, because you know? You can never truly keep up with them, so I set down on a bench. He followed me and set by my side. I put my arms around his shoulders and remembered when my dad used to do the same to me, as we laid in his hammock.
He’d put his arms around me and tell me a story. Sometimes, he would repeat the same story over and over. His favorite story to tell was “The three little pigs”, the one he told me a gazillion times.
You know what I felt? I loved when he told me that story even knowing what would come next every single time. Because, the special thing was not the story, but creating memories, bonding with my dad, having an intimate time with him, away from all distractions.
The most important thing about story time is not the story
I looked at Sam, my son, and I asked him if he’d like mama to tell him a story. He said yes, and for the first time without any books or papers, in the middle of the park, I told my son a story.
I told him “The Three Little Pigs” story.
Through every word I said during our story time, I could see his eyes sparkle the same way I know mine did when my dad told me that story.
Sam kept asking to repeat it over and over again. Together, we pretended our hands were the houses that were falling apart, from the wolf’s blowing.
Story time brings parent and child closer together
My eyes watered as I remembered what once was one of the most precious moments of my childhood. Part of me wanted to be wrapped around in my dad’s arms hearing him tell me the story. Part of me would never wanna leave that place with my son.
I never wanted that moment with my dad to end and I could see Sam having all the same feelings I had. I will never be able to translate all that overwhelming love into words.
Creating memories is about eternalizing that bond
This is the true importance of story time. Of course, as I said in the beginning, it has all of its developmental benefits, but nothing can compare to the infinite memories it will create in a child’s heart.
Today I share with my son one of the most special moments I used to share with my dad. Try telling your child a story with no books. Be your own guide to the story.
Get closer to them, put your arms around them, cuddle, create unforgettable memories together!