Why are stories helpful?
As a therapist and a parent, I can tell you that writing individualised stories with kids can be immensely helpful in assisting them to:
- Manage change
- Cope with unexpected events
- Work through big feelings and emotions
All kids benefit from repetition to properly absorb information about what is going on, and this is especially the case when they are anxious. Writing things down can suddenly make everything much more concrete than just having a verbal conversation.
How to write a story for your child:
All you need is a pen and paper. Don’t worry if you are not an amazing artist, the quality of your drawings doesn’t matter. I find it helpful to involve your child in the illustrations if you can.
- Step 1: Pick a topic for your story
- Step 2: Describe the situation
- Step 3: Validate how your child is feeling
- Step 4: Make a simple plan for how your child can respond
There are a number of ready-made stories freely available online that you might find helpful in explaining the current Coronavirus pandemic to your kids:
A simple printable template for making your own mini books can be found here: https://www.twinkl.com.au/resource/t-l-854-mini-book-template-blank
If you would like further information about writing homemade stories a great resource is Robert G. Ziegler’s book ‘Homemade Books to Help Kids Cope: An Easy-to-Learn Technique for Parents & Professionals’.
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