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The Magic of Storytelling continued from pg 16 "A story is a way to be in connection with our children and be in empathy and sympathy with them without giving advice or laying down the law. It's much more effective because they'll come up with their own solutions (as opposed to) if you were to just tell them what to do all of the time," Moore says. Dream Starter. Worries making it hard to fall Kaye, author of the ParentSmart/ Kid Happy series, started sending her daughter asleep? Stacey expressed nervousness about sharing her seashell collection during show-and-tell the following day, Kaye and her daughter visualized the next day in story-like, step-by-step detail, from beginning: sometimes...share an anecdote about preschool or friends, usually expressing a concern or problem," Kaye says. For example, when her daughter dreamland with stories she calls "Dream Seeds" when her daughter was about four. Margo, 8, into "Margo would The most effective way parents can encourage listening skills is through conversation and stories. "It's a bright and sunny eat a yummy breakfast: peanut butter banana toast - one of your favorites..." to end: "When I drop you off at school, you give me a big hug and kiss. And when you walk into your classroom, the kids greet you and can't wait to see what you have for show-and-tell..." Kaye's dream reassurance and a sense of empowerment as Margo learns to manage day-to-day stressors and worries. For Kaye, the stories are a valuable way to connect with her daughter. seeds still provide comforting Author Christa Melnyk Hines is amazed how the words "Can I tell you a story?" magically turns her two rambunctious sons into captive listeners. 18 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • September 2012

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