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Tall Tales for Your Toddler

ages 1-6

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Try just starting a story in a quiet-ish moment. It can be a total non sequitur, no moral, no point, no lesson. Look at your little one and start with 'Did I ever tell you about ...' and just take it from there. The funny cat that used to live next door to us, the day we moved into this house, the first time I met your father, etc. And of course, since there is no topic more compelling to our little ones than themselves, you could always go with the day we brought you home from the hospital or the first time you ate baby food or something like that. Just start talking. It's amazing, flat out amazing, how much they like listening to just a story.


Yael said:

This is something I think most of us, as parents do as a matter of course -- though perhaps I am taking that for granted. Especially as my (almost 5-year old) son has gotten older, he loves to hear stories about what my life and that of his father's was like before he was born, or reminiscences of things he did or went through when he was "younger."

- Posted on Jun 28, 2007

beancuso said:

My 4-year-old daughter is currently hooked on a story her dad told her about a skunk that tried to claw its way under our house. You never know what silly things will pique their interest!

- Posted on Sep 1, 2007

ashleyoneill said:

My kids love to hear stories about "when they were young," especially ones about the day they were born or the day we brought them home from the hospital. This helps to build their understanding of events that they can't remember.

- Posted on Mar 10, 2008

My grandfather used to tell us stories that were improvised about "brownie the mouse." I never will understand where his inspiration came from but those tales were amazing, and always funny. I can't remember any in particular and I don't think they really always had a point but I used to love just spending the time with him. He made ordinary stories come alive.

- Posted on Sep 24, 2008

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