How storytelling helps you to develop your kid’s young mind?

As per Albert Einstein “if you want your child to be intelligent, read them fairy tales and if you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales”. Storytelling is perhaps the most powerful way to put your ideas and organises your experience while you communicate to others.

Storytelling is perhaps the oldest form of education. In case of toddlers, it is definitely a strong tool which will help your child learn vocabulary, understand various expressions or sounds and give a shape to their imagination or dreams. It also helps to develop early literacy skills and make them comfortable to different languages for communication.

In my case, I love to tell stories and my son loves to listen stories. Be it in the bedtime or during a long journey in the back of the car, my son never let me stop my mouth. It has certainly become another beautiful way to strengthen our relationship. Even, there are moments in a day that he doesn’t want to play or does not feel good or becomes cranky, then we together just sit in our favourite place and lost in our story world (mostly his favourite construction vehicles story) and then Bang!!!! He returns in a happy mood with double energy.

I must say that story telling is my biggest life saver from my toddler’s tantrums and I almost started story telling when my son was hardly 5-6 months. (I know that time he does not understand anything but it helps me to stick to his daily routine). You can start story telling or reading books to your baby as early as you like– the earlier the better.

Benefits of story telling in my toddler’s life

There are many advantages of storytelling because it promotes brain development and shape their imaginations. Everyone must be having their own experience and I am quite sure you have your own advantage. Here I will share my experience, out of which I have got immensely benefited (as everyone has a story to tell, a lesson to teach and wisdom to share……Right????)

  1. Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas and thoughts: As a mother, we always try to put good thoughts to our child’s mind, so that it will help them develop a positive mindset and tackle problems in their life. But it is not possible always to teach a child in an adult language. But then, storytelling s a good option to present your thoughts before your child in their language. You don’t have to read books always. You can try telling stories from your culture that will help instilling morals in children (if my kid does any thing wrong or thing which I think he should not do, then I try telling stories including his favourite characters and it always work for me).
  2. Story telling helps a child understand a change or new events and environments: A child’s life is a blank diary. As they get older, the pages get filled up. During this initial phase, they will face many new and strange situation or frightening event and we parents have to tackle that situation tactfully. I choose storytelling to prepare my little boy in advance for any new events and it worked for me. (I told him about the event repeatedly through stories before 3-4 days and he at least try to give that situation a chance with patience).
  3. Storytelling create sparks in your child’s brain, helps his communication and social skills: Storytelling always brings your child’s attention to the subject matter. It certainly leaves a big impact on developing your child’s imagination and stimulate his/ her curiosity. According to some research,” Stories develops Emotional Intelligence in child.” As we all know a person having a strong Intelligence quotient and no Emotional quotient is considered as animal and not human.
  4. Storytelling is a tantrum reliever: For me, stories are my best friend if I have to divert my son’s mind in different situation especially at the time of tantrums. Mostly, I use stories as a tool. Sometimes it does not work but most of the time if proves to be the sweetest way for him to overlook tantrums and move to a better mindset.
  5. Storytelling helps in learning the value of books and stories: if your child is interested in listening stories from an early age, then you must have noticed how they take care of their books (any type of books) and how carefully they turned the pages of their book. Overall, stories teach your child the importance of books in their life.

How to start story telling

If you have not started and want to start storytelling to your child, I have few tips how to start storytelling. I followed the same during my initial days of storytelling to my son (and the fun part is, now everyday it becomes a ritual and my boy demands a good story rather than mobile).

  • Make a routine: Any time is a good time for stories. At least try storytelling one each day (mine usually reaches 5-6 short stories in a day).
  • Turn off the TV: Restrict your child’s screen time to limited while telling or sharing stories. It will help him to give better concentration.
  • Involve your child in your story: Children love to be a part of their favourite character’s world. You can also encourage your child by showing the pictures or toys in the story.
  • Try different sounds: After all You need to be little funny while doing the storytelling. Try some funny noises and sounds. So that it will create interest among children for listening stories.
  • Enjoy yourself: This is an important one. You can’t make your child enjoy listening if you do not enjoy the story by yourself. So, start with a positive mind and may be think a little what kind of storytelling you want to do for your kiddo.
  • Choosing books: Choose the story books for your child wisely and age appropriately. Let your toddler choose their book at the story time.
  • Reading position: Hold your child in that way where he/she can see your face as well as the book. Then he also starts enjoying the same.

If we remember our childhood days, we certainly agree how we enjoyed the stories and how eagerly we were waiting for those storyteller (sometime our parents and most of the time our grandparents). The stories were going beyond the fun elements and did teach us many life lessons. So, we need to be little fair to our children and just need to pass the same legacy. You can convey some good manners, teach how to be empathetic (putting yourself in other’s shoes) and so many things through the storytelling. So happy storytelling !!!

This is my personal experience and I am sure you have your own. If you have any do share your valuable feedback.

Why I choose homemade virgin coconut oil for my baby…

A baby is as pure as an angel and as fresh as a blooming flower. They are so delicate that you are always worried and careful for smallest things. As we all know, baby’s skin is super sensitive and it can easily react to any skin care products which has chemicals and inflammatory elements. So, they deserve a chemical free, highly processed and fragrance-free baby product which can have a velvet feeling on their skin. Every mom wants loves to see their baby grows up with super soft and rashes free skin, so they always looking for suggestions from almost everyone.

Even before my son’s birth, my mom was ready with homemade oil along with some important baby related things which are usually required during the time of delivery. Honestly, I was not very comfortable or did not have much idea of all these requirements. After the birth of my son, doctor suggested to apply some moisturizer or oil to his skin as his skin was very dry. When my husband was rushing to buy some baby lotion from the pharmacy shop, my mom called up and told that not to buy anything from outside and she has got the best thing, i.e. homemade coconut oil.

Then, I asked my mom,” why coconut oil?” my mom answered, “She has used the same on us and it is no ordinary coconut oil, it is homemade pure virgin coconut oil”. Further, to satisfy my ego, I tried to do some surfing and found that homemade pure virgin coconut oil has the power to replace pretty much baby care products as it has properties like ant- oxidant, anti-fungal, anti- inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. It can easily get absorbed on the skin. I decided to give it a try and use it for massaging my baby.

And then to my surprise this oil worked like a magic. Believe me, it not only moisturises and nourishes my baby’s skin but also spell its effects on other areas of skin related issues which mostly occurs on every baby’s soft skin.

Benefits of homemade virgin coconut oil

There must be so many benefits of using virgin coconut oil, but I will share my experience on those things for which I have seen the results:

  1. Diaper rash: Diaper rash is a common problem faced by a lot of kids because the use of diaper has increased and even whole day babies are seen wearing diapers. When I talked about myself, I didn’t face the problem of diaper rash ever and thanks to virgin coconut oil which I used for massaging my baby from the day one to till now. Virgin coconut oil actually helps in nourishing the skin and treats the irritating skin as well. It is reliable as it has the anti-inflammable properties which will not worsen the rash.
  2. Cradle cap: cradle cap is described as dry and flaky scalp that resembles dandruff. It is not that severe and can appear in young infants mostly up to 1 to 3 months. Cradle cap is self-treatable but you can use some mild baby shampoo to clean it but before that applying some virgin oil in the scalp help to remove easily that patchy and dry crust.
  3. Dry or chapped lips: Recently, my little boy got cold sores around his lips due to changed condition and fever and he is quite uncomfortable with that. So, my mom suggested the age-old remedy of using virgin coconut oil which contains the main ingredient as Lauric acid which heals as well as don’t affect the baby. That’s how I came to know about another magical benefit of virgin coconut oil which can easily available in home.
  4. Insects bites and bumps: It is found that coconut oil is great for insect bites because it has anti-inflammatory agent thus helping with inflammation caused from insect bites, bumps etc. it also has anti-microbial agent which helps to prevent spreading of infection caused from bite. Mostly, I apply it on mosquito bite and it really helps in reducing the redness of bump and gives relief from itching.
  5. Smooth and shiny hair: As I have already mentioned, virgin coconut oil has a main ingredient i.e. lauric acid that has a high affinity for hair proteins. Due to its low molecular weight it can penetrate easily inside the hair shaft, thus giving the hair a gorgeous and shiny look.
  6. Eczema: It means a dry and itchy skin and it is very common among babies. According to some research, it is shown that application of virgin coconut oil can help in reducing Eczema as it has hydrating agent that provides relief. You can use before or after bath for effecting result according to your child’s need (I prefer to apply it before bath time of my baby and it remains all day long on my baby’s skin keeping it moisturized).
  7. Body lotion: Virgin coconut oil has anti-microbial characteristics; it is suitable for your baby’s skin care. Just take some coconut oil and apply on the areas you want to moisturize. It is better that any commercial baby body lotion products.

This oil also can be applied for treating lice, baby acne, baby’s thrush, teething pain and many more. (I explained only those points which I have experienced with my baby. It is always advisable that before applying oil for any skin related issue, first consult your paediatrics.

Preparation of virgin coconut oil at home

There are three different methods of preparing virgin coconut oil at home:

  • Wet will method
  • Cold process method
  • Boiling the coconut

Here, I will share the boiling method (that’s what I use and have not tried the other two).

Steps of preparing virgin coconut oil

Step 1: Boil 4 cups of water in a saucepan.

Step 2: Take a fresh and fully developed brown coconut, scoop out its meat and grate it into a bowl.

Step 3: Now blend the coconut with hot water and puree the coconut water into a smooth mixture (don’t fill the blender more than halfway with hot water otherwise the lid will fly off).

Step 4: Strain the coconut liquid using a cheese cloth placed on a bowl and squeeze as much liquid as possible.

Step 5: Boil the coconut liquid in a sauce pan in medium high. Stir it constantly while cooking until the water has evaporated and cream has separated from oil. By that time the colour should be turned brown (be patient as it could take over an hour).

Step 6: Take a cloth, strain out all the oil by squeezing it in a bowl and your virgin coconut oil is now ready to use (it can be stored for many months).

As you hear from the doctors that beautiful skin for a baby requires commitment, not a miracle. Personally, I have such a great experience with the homemade coconut oil that I am still using the same for my 3 year old kid.

I hope this article may help all the mothers who are in a need of some homemade and pure baby skin care products.

Note: This article solely based on my experience and research. Not to be considered as a medical research.