Why Do We Use Stories To Coach Kids?

Stories are powerful learning tools because they make us think… and they make us feel.   This creates an experience which helps us understand. 

 

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Stories are powerful.  Stories have been used since the beginning of time.

 

We all love a good story… I am sure you agree… and when it’s used to teach a lesson, we remember the lesson as well!   Just think about the story “The Tortoise and The Hare” for a moment…….    I am guessing just recalling the title of that story brought to mind the lesson of ‘slow and steady wins the race’.  

Stories have been used to teach lessons for many centuries.  Just think of the Dreamtime stories told by our traditional landowners.  Think of stories that are told in your own family.   Stories are how we remember days gone by.  Today, even in social media marketing, businesses are encouraged to use stories to captivate and build trust in their service or product. 

Stories are powerful learning tools because they make us think… and they make us feel.   This creates an experience which helps us understand. 

The stories we use from the Adventures in Wisdom Program have the power to transform and inspire our kids and to shape how they see themselves and what is possible in their lives.  They are left feeling good about themselves, believing they can make a difference in their own lives.

 

  • Stories stimulate various centres of the brain which lead to deeper learning.  When reading or hearing facts, only the intellectual centre of the brain that turns words into meaning is engaged.  However when using stories the emotional and physiological parts of the brain are also engaged creating an experience that leads to deeper learning and connection to the message.  
  • Stories are a great tool for starting important conversations with kids.  Stories help children get in touch with thoughts and feelings without putting them on the spot or embarrassing them. 
  • Stories enable children to ‘learn without lecture‘ and allow coaches to ‘teach without preaching’.   This is often why as coaches or parents we struggle to get the message through to our own children.  Sometimes it comes across as ‘blah blah you are telling me what to do again blah blah”.  Stories let us as parents and coaches to break through this resistance from the child and opens the door for the child to apply the lessons from the story to their own situations.
  • Stories are a great reminder when children are learning to implement a new skill.  For example if children are acting disrespectful you can ask if they are leaving black marks or gold hearts on themselves and the people they love.  This instantly reminds them of the characters in the story and draws their attention to the impact they are having on themselves and others.