Use this story framework to become a storyteller your kids will love
So easy to use, this story framework will work miracles!When Ilinca, my little girl, was only 3 months old, she had trouble falling asleep. There was one night when I couldn’t soothe her for anything in the world. I was sooo exhausted, I could fall asleep right there, on my own two feet, rocking her in my arms. Instead, I began to tell her a story.
I came up with a story about a little girl who lives by the sea and gets a yellow boat for her birthday. Her enthusiasm soon fades away after realising that the boat doesn’t float. She tries different tricks, but it still won’t move even an inch on the wavy sea.
I haven’t even reached the climax of the story, that Ilinca has finally fallen asleep. She was so peaceful, that I kept going. It wasn’t until next morning that I realised what an amazing thing I have done the night before.
I have been the storyteller that my daughter needed. That one, clumsy story, was everything she wanted.
That was more than 3 years ago and I have practised storytelling almost every single day since then. Looking back, re-reading the story, makes me want to change it in a thousand different ways. But that’s how it all began. And I promise you, I connect with her every single time I come up with a story. Each time we sit together and I either read her a story or invent one, we strengthen our bond. If it weren’t for that silly first story, I wouldn’t be the writer I am today, I wouldn’t be loving storytelling with such intensity.
How can a story framework help you?
In fact, just the other day we had a funny conversation. We were watching cartoons and there was this little boy asking the Moon to tell him a story. “A story? What a great idea,” the Moon answered. The next thing I know, Ilinca was shooting dozens of “why’s” at me. “Why is the little boy asking for a story?” she asked.
“Because he knows the Moon will tell him one,” I said.
“But why?” she insisted.
“Because they both like stories, just like you do,” I replied, convinced that would be the last “why” I’ll have to answer for the next 30 minutes. And then she looked at me and she told me “no! I don’t like stories, mummy.” I was quite puzzled.
“I like it when YOU read me stories,” she eventually sighed.
I nearly cried. So, as you can see, it was me all this time. I may not be the perfect storyteller, but I am perfect to her.
It’s all that matters.
And you know what?
You can also be the storyteller your kids need! It’s not magic! It’s actually super easy! You just need the right story framework to use time and time again. Every story has a structure and, although you might think that your lack of talent is a major setback, it isn’t. It’s as easy as it sounds: follow the steps and invent a story. Of course, practicing makes you better, isn’t it like this with everything we do?
And to make it even easier, I have come up with a story framework that you can use as a guide whenever you want to sit down with your little ones and have fun together. It’s here for you for FREE!
We are not all little Hemingways telling stories even before we could properly speak. And we don’t have to.
Your kids want YOU! Your authentic YOU.
Stories are a fabulous way to build a bridge, to connect with your kids, to enhance their imagination and live in the moment. I’ve got this framework all ready for you, use it as a guide and be creative. You even have an example of a story in there, you can start with that if it’s easier.
I literally can’t wait for you to use it! Please tell me how it went, what was the first story you’ve invented with your kids, what was their reaction?
You’ll see it’s so easy, it will make you wonder “why haven’t I done this before?”
Until next time,