#4 Tell stories to make a point
Advanced, ages 2-18
Read or tell stories to children to help them understand why something is important. Storytelling can be a powerful form of teaching. You cannot force a child to get the point of the story; moralizing is ineffective. Let your story make its point as you tell it. Just remember that children may not always hear what you felt was important. Children love stories but know a disguised lecture when they hear one. FROM WONDER TO WISDOM

Parent reads The Ugly Duckling to a child who is feeling discouraged about not having any friends.
Grandmother tells her adolescent granddaughter stories about the problems she had dating young men when she was about her age.

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