How to Use Storytelling to Better Understand Your Child

Sometimes the stories that our kids create can be an eye-opener. Take, for instance, the time my three-year-old subtly revealed something that was on his mind through the power of storytelling:

How to use storytelling to better understand your childLet’s write a book, Mama!

That was my three-year-old’s request a few days ago. We had folded and stapled a few sheets of paper together—enough pages to fill with stories and words.

“What do you want our story to be about?” I asked him.

Morris the Monkey!

He was referring to one of his stuffed animals. After writing “Morris the Monkey” with crayon on the cover, I then began my prompts:

“In the morning, Morris the Monkey…” I began, trailing off so he can set the scene.

…woke up from a nightmare.

So with crayon in hand, I wrote just that: “In the morning, Morris the Monkey woke up from a nightmare.” Then I asked him to draw the scene before asking him to elaborate: “What was his nightmare about?”

He was looking at a mirror.

“What did he see in the mirror?”

He saw a light, but it was turned off and very dark. So he couldn’t see if the mirror was getting too big. Because it can get so big that it can go to his side of the bed.

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…then tell us: How do you incorporate storytelling with your kids? How useful has it been in helping you better understand your kids? Let us know in the comments below or on!


Nina is a working mom to three boys—a five-year-old and toddler twins. She blogs about parenting at Sleeping Should Be Easy, where she writes everything she's learning about being mom and all its joys and challenges. She also covers topics like how kids learn and play, family life, being a working mom and life with twins. Download her free ebook, "Time Management Strategies for the Overwhelmed Mom" for more tips.


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