Stories are the building blocks of imagination and creativity for children, and they can start right in the home. From picture books to bedtime tales, storytelling plays a crucial role in shaping a child’s cognitive, emotional and social development.
Stories also foster inclusion and community, connecting our children to their unique heritage and culture. When we tell our children stories about where they come from and where they have lived, this shapes their sense of identity and belonging in the world. On the other hand, it is through storytelling that children can explore their own emotions and foster empathy, connecting them to their shared humanity no matter where they come from.
Let’s continue to instill the love of stories in our children and give them the gift of a rich inner world.