As Purposeful Parenting month comes to an end, and as back to school is near, it is important to consider the time that is spent with your children. Storytelling is a great way to pass the time as well as bond with one another.

Begin by finding an environment that is conducive to good conversation. Share stories with your children about your childhood, and what life was like for you when you were their age. In exchange, ask them to share some of their stories with you.

Storytelling is important for children of all ages. It allows them to understand their own and their family’s past and present. In addition, “storytelling is cozy, constructive, and a win-win for parent and child alike.” (Gelb, 2015).

Shared stories can address the varying emotions that everyone faces in their lives. By exploring these elements of your shared lives, you will create a connection with one another. This connection will then help to build trust between you and you children. That trust will make the transition into more difficult conversations, such as conflict-laden relationships with peers, easier on both of you. As you enter into a new school year, be sure to discuss bullying with your children.

As storytelling becomes part of the routine in your household, you will be laying the foundation for your child to become more comfortable sharing the positive and negative aspects of their life with you.

If you or your child is in need of support, contact the Guidance Center at 516-626-1971. Our trained clinicians can help you navigate any struggles that you may be experiencing.

Gelb, A. (2015, September 24). The Lifesaving Power of Storytelling. Retrieved July 26, 2017, from