Enhancing Parent Child Relationships

At the beginning of this book we looked at the intimacy of the relationship formed when a grandparent sits a child on his or her lap and reads a story, or when a parent sits by a child's bedside at night to tell a tale that may precede a restful slumber. In such situations, there is a special bonding, closeness, and intimacy that exist between teller and listener. When my grandson was younger and I picked him up for our special times together, the words were spilling out of his mouth almost before he was in his seat and had the seat belt fastened: "Tell me a Fred Mouse story." Fred Mouse helped bond us in a unique relationship. He was a special character who existed only for the two of us, and through whom we could journey on adventures, reflect on experiences of our day, discover new learnings, and explore ways of resolving the problems of childhood. By inviting parents to story-tell, you are indirectly encouraging a process for enhancing the parent-child relationship.

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