GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Most of us know how important it is to read to children from an early age, but you may not know how beneficial it is to tell stories to children of all ages.

Both made up stories and real stories from your own experience. Holiday gatherings are a great time to get started in a way that can promote children’s emotional understanding and strengthen family relationships.

Twin Cities developmental psychologist Dr. Marti Erickson, co-host of the “Mom Enough” weekly parenting podcast, appeared on the KARE 11 News at 11 to share a few tips.

Benefits of Telling Stories to Children

  • Builds language skills
  • Made-up stories promote creativity & imagination
  • Real stories from your experience help kids develop empathy & understanding
  • Especially for older children and adults, real stories promote insight into coping strategies & family patterns