Children's Books and Stories – Inspirational Stories – Why Read Bedtime Stories?
Children's Books and Stories Inspirational Stories Why Read Bedtime Stories?
Although children can learn a great deal from Television it does not stimulate the brain to the degree that the written word does. With television there is no need for a child to use his/her imagination, whereas a good story book will inspire the early development of their conception of the abstract. Fairy tales are irreplaceable as a source of sharpening and shaping a child's mind.
A child needs to be removed from the superficial world of plastic, counterfeit and glitzy high-tech gadgets which make up the media and cyber world. Children need to be transported into a world of fantasy where what they see, is not seen by anyone else; it becomes their own secret world born of the imagination which no-one else can share. They need to become part of the story as they wrap the contents of the pages around themselves and are carried into a world of fantasy.
It is unfair to deprive a child of the opportunity of early development by withholding the power of the written word from them. They must have the stimulation of listening to a bed-time story, a tradition which is disappearing in the modern world of technology. A survey by TalkTalk has shown that nearly half of all parents questioned did not have time to fit a bedtime story into their busy schedule. Research has shown that a bedtime story is invaluable as a calming agent which results in peaceful sleep. I can still remember the nightly excitement of curling under the warm blankets, snuggling up to my mom or dad, opening the book that only I could choose (because tonight it was my choice not one of my siblings). Even if I had heard the story many, many times, the excitement of each page turning and what is to come created great excitement. Often I didn't hear the end of the story because I would doze off before the end from the tranquility of my parents' soft voices and heartbeats as I snuggled near them.
Television is replacing the traditional "babysitter" and depriving children of the opportunity to develop the elasticity of their minds. Neurologists have characterized excessive use of television as putting a child into 'passive Alpha state'. A child does not learn to develop their thinking and analyzing skills from the television screen. If children are not being read to, their development may be inhibited.
Parents can use story time as a platform to bond and spend quality time with their children. It is an opportunity to decipher and derail any problems the child may be having. Stories with morals can be used to teach a child invaluable lessons about life. If a particular problem is suspected, a story pertaining to that problem can be selected to promote dialog with the child. While the child is paying attention it would be an opportunity to tell them about some of the dangers of growing up like the presence of bullies.