Of the many stories Tom told his four-year-old, one, in particular, stood out—the story of a knight who saves a beautiful princess held captive in an old castle on the hills. Today, as he watched his son build sandcastles on the beach, he vividly recalled the gleam in his son’s bright blue eyes, a year ago, as Tom narrated the story.
A flood of memories gushed through Tom’s mind. When Tom was little, his father told him stories about angels, gods, civilisations, kings, and their glorious conquests among many other fascinating topics. He later realised how impactful those stories were during his formative years.
Those value-based stories not only shaped his personality but also made Tom more expressive and developed his ability to read and write well. A father now, Tom wanted to carry forward his father’s legacy of storytelling. He wished to gift his son all that he had received years back from his father. As he sat down to study the nuances of storytelling, Tom thought of all the stories that once moved him to tears, inspired, or influenced him. The approaching summer would be the best time to start, he decided.
Everyone loves a good story, you don’t have to be a child to enjoy one. We all once pestered our parents and grandparents to tell us stories, but little did we know what these stories did to our minds and how they shaped our personalities. To take Tom’s quest further, Soulveda decided to explore the world of storytelling and how it can be an integral part of a child’s life.
As one of the most fundamental methods of communication, storytelling helps parents strengthen their relationship with their children. Popular storyteller Jeff Gere told Soulveda, “Our brain literally puts everything in a story format. A beginning, a climax, and a conclusion and that is the way we process everything in this world.” Gere asserts stories are fundamental and endemic. We always look for a story everywhere. If there is no story, we make one up. More so, for children, everything in a story format is more enjoyable and easily comprehensible.