Gone are the days when we would lie beside our grandparents and take in important life lessons from the stories they narrated to us. Storytelling was an age-old tradition that inculcated moral values, enhanced vocabulary, improved memory, etc. Unfortunately, it almost vanished when technology stepped in!
Though gadgets are a tool to boost motor skills and cognitive skills, they can still hurt the character of a child. And in situations like these, moral stories for kids are a blessing! They are not only entertaining, but they also impart valuable lessons wherein the protagonist never gives up. So, let’s unravel the impact of moral storybooks on kids.
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How do moral stories influence the characters of children?
Moral storybooks are one of the most practical platforms to impart education. They are tranquil, captivate children’s attention, and bestow valuable lessons. A study conducted by “Kang Lee and Team” inferred that some moral storybooks prominently affect the behavioral pattern of a child. They also interweave the magic of honesty among children. Furthermore, it has been proved by a study conducted by the “Ontario Institute for Studies in Education” (OISE) at the University of Toronto that realistic and genuine characters had a greater impact on kids, thus helping them to learn better.
Amidst this, moral stories using a storyboard also help children elevate their self-esteem and take responsibility for their learning and behavior. Not just that, but it also helps them to look at the quality of life they wish to opt for themselves urging them to carve their own personal, moral values and good mannerisms. This tactic of ‘storyboarding’ not only motivates children to listen but helps them assimilate it in a fun-filled way!
Why are moral stories important? Are you aware of the importance of moral stories?
1. Makes the child resilient
Life is not easy and every child has his/her share of predicaments. With this, a child might get confused to cope, but with moral values and ethics, he/she can pave the way. These values are beautifully essayed by moral story books helping the child to grow in a grounded and enriched environment. Moreover, they learn the essence of life.
2. Prepares them for the society
Education plays a pivotal role in securing the future of a child. But with zero values, it becomes immensely difficult to survive in the rat race. A well-educated person with a ‘lying’ streak will never be accepted in society. Thus, to prepare your child for the challenges thrown by society, it is imperative to adhere to moral values. An educated person upholds a superior value in the circle of society.
3. Suppresses bad influence
Nowadays, getting grappled amidst negative influence is easier and peer pressure is primarily the spoilsport in such scenarios. Nuclear families, the absence of grandparents, emerging digital age are some of the factors that lead to peer pressure. A study by Parent Further highlighted that only 10 percent of teenagers were not influenced by peer pressure. However, 40 percent of kids also admitted to the fact that peer pressure can distract a person from reaching his/her goals. But with exposure to moral stories, one can lead to a pool of ethics that will guide children to soar high in life. The roots of behavior start surging from childhood, so it is important to make these roots stronger by helping the child differentiate between right and wrong.
4. Promotes helpful behavior
A study was conducted among 322 pre-schoolers between the age group of 4-6 years to clarify the effect of ‘helping’ stories on a child’s helping intentions and behavior. Furthermore, the study revealed that some of the moral stories that boast of a theme of ‘helping’, speed up the helping intentions among the kids. Also, moral stories that showcase an actor’s positive emotions promote children’s helping intentions. So, it’s clear that some of the moral stories can teach the lesson of gratitude!
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5. Strengthens child-parent relation
There is a gamut of stories that exhibit the beautiful relationship of parents with their children. Moral stories impart a beautiful message not only for the child but also for the parents. If they are inculcating values in the kids then they are also inoculating parents with parenting tips. So, it is a win-win situation, thus strengthening the bond between the child and parent.
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What are some specific examples of moral stories that parents can read to their children?
Some examples of moral stories that parents can read to their children are “The Lion and the Mouse,” “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” and “The Ugly Duckling.” These stories teach children valuable lessons about honesty, hard work, kindness, and perseverance.
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