stories are like magic

We Use Stories To Coach Kids!

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. 

Watch the video to learn more about why we use stories to coach kids.

Why Do We Use Stories?

Stories are powerful learning tools. They make us think and feel.   This creates an experience which helps us understand the lesson or the ‘moral of the story’. 

Stories are remembered. When it’s used to teach a lesson, we remember the lesson!  Think about the story “The Tortoise and The Hare”. I bet you remembered that ‘slow and steady wins the race’.  🙂

Stories have been used to teach lessons for many centuries, for example, the Dreamtime stories told by our traditional landowners.  Stories are how we remember days gone by. 

The stories we use have the power to transform and inspire. Kids relate the characters and instead of feeling something is wrong with them, they are left feeling good about themselves, through helping the characters and believing they can make a difference.

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 with the message

Stories enable children to ‘learn without lecture‘ and allow coaches to ‘teach without preaching’.  Stories let us as parents and coaches to break through resistance from the child and open the door for the child to apply the lessons from the story to their own situations.

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 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.  

    Information above adapted from Special Life Coaching Report by Adventures In WisdomTM