Listening to stories before they go to bed can have an emotional, cognitive and physical effect on your child. As parents, it is important to take this step towards ensuring your child has the most holistic development they can.
The act of listening to a story can create a feeling of safety within younger children, making them less vulnerable to bad dreams and restless sleep. After an active day of running around, children need a wind-down period after dinner to help settle them into a peaceful sleep. The window of time after they change into their pyjamas and brush their teeth and before they doze off is perfect for bedtime stories. It helps settle their mind and destress from the day's activities.
Physically, this window of time is also important. Children tend to become energetic after dinner and can often be difficult to handle. For older children, their minds are often elsewhere, thinking about school the next day or impending tasks. Regardless of age, listening to or reading a story before going to bed smoothens the transition between feeling adrenaline-charged and falling into a comfortable sleep.
Stories are also a wonderful and subtle way to address issues your children are facing – be it socially, physically or emotionally. Stories have always been the perfect way to introduce subjects which are otherwise uncomfortable to directly talk about to your children. Whether it is disagreements your children are having with their friends or emotional turbulence in the home, there is nothing that cannot be addressed with a relatable story that will get them thinking.
Lastly, sharing stories between a parent and a child plays a crucial role in strengthening the bond between them. Children should know there is a fixed one on one time available for them at the end of the day for them to have their parents' complete attention.
There are many new and exciting formats for children's stories available in the market today. Apps such as 'Storytel' provide a wide variety of audiobooks that children and their parents can listen to together. Here are a few of our recommendations for books children will love!
Age Groups 0 to 3 years -
The Snowman and the Snowdog
Age Groups 4 to 8 years -
The Tooth Fairy Legend
Paddington Races Ahead
Age Groups 9 to 12 years -
Only You Can Save Mankind
Use the links above to listen to samples of the books we have recommended! To listen to the whole story, download the Storytel App and sign up for their free 30-day trial.