Storytelling for Parents and a Giveaway

51f-pgt8JpL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_Today’s guest post is from Saundria Keck. Saundria is on the Board of Mom To Mom Ministries.  She, along with Kay Benson, is the author of Remember, and Don’t Forget: Bible Stories for Mom and Me.

Passing along Bible stories is an important part of our role as a mom or dad. Saundria and Kay’s book equips parents with the practical “how to’s” of telling important stories of the Bible. You can find more about Saundria and Kay at passthebreadmom.com.

I’m giving away a copy of Remember, and Don’t Forget: Bible Stories for Mom and Me today!  More info at the end of the post on how to enter the giveaway!

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So much to do, so little time. As parents, we often feel that way. Yet there are some opportunities we don’t want to let slip by. One is instilling God’s simple, foundational truths in our young children through Bible stories.

In finding what works for you and your family, be kind to yourself, but start with yourself. A Bible story will have more positive impact if you read or tell it when you can find a few moments to give your child loving attention. Once a week with joy is better than once a day as a “check it off my long to-do list” event.

 Need a few suggestions for times you might share Bible stories with your little ones?

1. Read or tell a story to your child while bathing him or her, preparing for bed, or riding in the car.

2. Tuck a Bible story book in your tote when taking your child to places that require a wait like doctors’ appointments or restaurants.

3. Encourage your older children (readers) to read to your younger ones. The stories will be good for both.

4. Flip through the pages, look at the pictures, and share the big idea from each story, especially with younger preschoolers.

The most important strategy for instilling Bible stories into your kids’ hearts is to find what works for you.  We want your ideas!

Leave a comment answering one or more of the questions below to be entered into a drawing for a copy of Saundria and Kay’s book!

What about you?  When do you find the time to share Bible stories with your kids? If you’ve never shared Bible stories before, what is the first step you might take? 

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35 Responses to Storytelling for Parents and a Giveaway

  1. Bonnie Olson says:

    We read bible stories at bedtime. I find it is a calmer time in our house, and the kids are ready to settle down and listen.

  2. Theresa says:

    Hi Jill! What a neat giveaway! I actually started doing devotions in the morning with our kids. They are almost 3-1/2 and catch onto the stories at Sunday School so I figured why not now, why not at home. 🙂 Thanks for a chance to win!

  3. Michelle Connery says:

    I try to share part of the day’s proverb with my three boys while I am driving them to school. I try to keep if very simple and relateable to their school day or something that recently happened.

  4. Sue Badeau says:

    All of these are great ideas, and we have used all of them. In addition, what worked best for us, with a large family and many children with special needs – and therefore very different learning styles – was to create as many “hands-on” ways to “experience” the stories through all 5 senses in addition to hearing them. One HUGE way we did this was through singing Bible stories – either using existing Bible music CDs or making up our own – especially whenever we were in the car (or van) together. Also, we did a lot of acting out of stories with props and costumes. That, of course, takes a little planning and time. But with less time and more spontaneity, we still did impromptu mini-plays with stuffed animals, dolls, trucks, cars, etc during play time, bath time, after dinner (while still at the table). We would pretend to be Bible characters while cooking dinner, and talk about a Bible story involving food, or make cookies (or play-dough or mud-pies) in the shapes of Bible characters, locations or things (such as an ark or sycamore tree). Anything to get tactile as well as visual and audio learning happening.

    • Sue,

      I love your comments. It is important for us moms to know and consider our children’s learning styles as we teach them Truth. The book, Remember, and Don’t Forget: Bible Stories for Mom and Me has a section with each story called “For Mom and Me”. Included in this section are suggested activities to do with your children to bring the story alive. We considered learning styles as we wrote these activities.

      Saundria

      • Sue Badeau says:

        That’s super! I have many (35) grand kids and 7 (soon to be 8) great grands so your book sounds like a great gift idea for some of the moms of those grandbabies!

  5. Laura S says:

    When our family gave us a baby shower, they asked everyone to bring books instead of cards. We received alot of beginner Bible stories and the girls (now 5 & 7) both still love it when they get to choose their favorite story. Now they are old enough to read the stories to us. The books ended up being special and I know we will always keep them. We loved that idea and now whenever we go to a shower, be always bring a bible story with a personal message in it as our card.

  6. Leanne says:

    This looks like an awesome book. We are in a group called the Good News People which is like a Bible study for the Catholic Church and I always like to share with our 11 year old our weekly meetings….I think she would really enjoy this book. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Sarah says:

    We have done devotions with the kids before bed, but I’m thinking of starting up a Bible Story once a week with discussions and how it applies to our lives throughout the rest of the week.

  8. Leanne Waterworth says:

    Consistency and discipline is great as we encourage our kids to dig into God’s word. But it’s also those unique times that can be most memorable. Our whole family enjoys fishing. And what better way to share stories about Jesus than in a boat! When you’re actually out on the water, you get a better grasp of the faith it may have taken Peter to step out and walk on water. Or when you’re not catching ANY fish, to think of how the disciples felt when Jesus told them to cast their nets on the other side… We find that teaching God’s word while actually LIVING life helps to drive home the point.

  9. Kathy Schierer says:

    My daughter is 2 weeks old, so right now we are singing Jesus Loves Me. But these are great tips!

  10. Amanda says:

    Lately we’ve been reading our devotional and bible during dinner. For awhile now, we’ve wasted time pushing our 5 year old to eat faster, get done, stop stalling, etc. a couple weeks ago I decided that since I was already finished, is start reading while he and his brother finish up. Now he excitedly asks me to be done so I can read!

  11. Reina says:

    Those are great ideas! It’s not always possible with our busy lives, but there’s always small pockets of time that can be used for Bible stories 🙂

  12. Kristina says:

    We read a Bible story each night together with our 5 kids right before bed and then have our oldest 3 kids tell us something from the story. They have to tell us as many things as years they are old. Our 3 year old goes first and tells us 3 things, then the 4 year old tells 4 things (but can’t repeat anything the 3 year old said) and finally the 5 year old tells 5 things (no repeats) or she can repeat the Bible story in her own words.

  13. cassandra says:

    My little guy likes listening to a CD reading that came with a book of Bible histories. We listen to a story while I fix dinner. Then we talk about the histories and add age appropriate details. I try to be careful to distinguish between stories and histories so my little guy knows the Bible is non fiction. One of my favorite times is retelling the Bible from memory before bed. Sometimes I share the portion of the Bible I studied that day.

  14. LeAnn says:

    Our family’s best devotional time is during breakfast and at bedtime. Since the Bible stories are becoming familiar, we have the kids (4 & 6 yrs) fill in some of the details. The kids also like CD’s that have verses on them (by Steve Green and some put out by Awana) and DVD’s (Read and Share Bible). We pray while driving to school too.

  15. Lisa says:

    I would love to start a consistent reading program with my son but am having trouble finding a companion book we can both really enjoy together.

  16. Tami says:

    This article just reminds me of what a horrible mom I am!! I have failed my 2 boys. I don’t know if this book is applicable to a 9 & a 11 year old boys – but I need to do something to do better. We take our boys to church & Sunday school, but that is where it ends. There is always an excuse, too much homework, which does average 2-3 hours a night per child, or someone is sick, or I am too tired. Thank you for the wake up call and chance to start something special with my boys before it is too late.

    • JillSavage says:

      Tami, IT IS NEVER TOO LATE!!!!!! NEVER!!!! Let this be conviction but not condemnation. Conviction reminds of of where we need to grow. Condemnation says that we’re hopeless.

      9 and 11 are perfect ages to start this. Do you tuck your boys in bed at night? If so, just simply share with them one story you know from the Bible and what it has taught you. Or find a Bible Story book at the Christian book store that you read each night as you tuck them in. You can do this!

    • Tami,

      My “amen” to Jill’s “it is never too late”.
      If you decide to check out our book, Remember, and Don’t Forget, you will see that not only is there a story, there is a section “Just for Mom” which takes the mom into the scripture on which the story is based. In this section there are some interactive, reflection questions. Moms of older children like yours, have found they can use this approach with their children.

      Saundria

  17. becky gensel says:

    I’ve read little kid Bible books to my daughter. Nothing extravagant. I would love the chance to read this book with my daughter.

  18. Amanda Raucci says:

    Most times we share and talk about the Bible and different stories is at dinner and bed time. My kids love that we make sure we sit as a family every night for dinner, pray, share about our day, talk about anything that might have caught our attention that day, and things we read in the Bible. It is my favorite time and look forward to it each and every day.

  19. Jamie Y says:

    We share stories at night, and when sitting around the supper table. We often work a Bible story into whatever situation we are dealing with, so we don’t just think of them as “stories” but real life-applications.

  20. Heather Carlson says:

    We read devoutions at bedtime and sometimes bible stories

  21. Kim Mayes says:

    We read bible stories at bed time and on Sundays we look up the story they read in Sunday School and re-read it so we can talk about it and answer any questions (to the best of our ability!)

  22. Holly M says:

    My 2-year-old loves to read, so we’re constantly reading books (story books and Bible stories) throughout the day. He’s definitely at the stage where we might only get the 1st sentence read before he flips the page, but he does have a few favorites (based on the pictures….Daniel and the lions’ den, David & Goliath, Baby Jesus being born, etc.). I also read a book recently called Together by Carrie Ward about a mom who read through 1 chapter of the Bible with her kids every day at breakfast. It took them several years, but they eventually got through the whole Bible. I love this idea and hope to start it soon.

  23. We usually read stories before bed, but I love the idea to read in the doctor’s office or other places that require some waiting. This is especially convenient with my iPhone and Kindle, but for some reason I’ve not thought to this. Love this and the other ideas.

  24. Jill Krewson says:

    Hi Jill! I am so glad to see this! Last week our youngest child of 4 children, our 9 year old daughter, was asking questions about God and the Bible. We had been involved in a Christian school for years and are now in a public school setting. She misses the Christian teachings throughout the school day. As I was thinking of how to answer her questions, I found that I was a bit rusty in my answers and realized that her questions and interest encouraged me to start to look at what we were doing as a family to keep the Bible lessons taught in our home. Sunday School helps, but I wanted more. So, I am at the point of trying to figure out a plan for this! Thank you for this give away opportunity Jill!

  25. Jennie says:

    We try read Bible story after bath time before bed time.

  26. Kay says:

    Be encouraged. All these ideas are doable. It just takes determination. I’m with Jill.
    YOU CAN DO THIS!

    Kay (co-author of Remember, and Don’t Forget: Bible Stories for Mom and Me)

  27. Jamie says:

    When we find time to share bible stories, it is usually at bedtime. Thanks for the chance to win the book, it looks amazing.

    -Jamie

  28. Having a plan helps me. If I think about the week ahead, and plan what I want to share with my 2 and 3 year old. Looking at the record in the Bible myself first and finding a Bible verse or 2 of truth to emphasize makes it so much more exciting for me. This emphasizes truth from God’s Word instead of just a story, I am then giving my daughters something that is powerful. Also, it often encourages, inspires and instructs me! Having our children’s Bibles where my daughters can read them also is a huge help. They find them and often ask me to read to them. (also they pretend to teach their dolls the Bible!)

  29. Megan says:

    My son was given a Children’s Bible for his 2nd birthday and we read stories out of this at naptime and bedtime. He gets so upset now if we don’t read from HIS Bible. I also checked out beginner reading Bible Story books from our Church library. There are good pictures and not a lot of words that can keep his attention at almost 3 years old. I checked out about 20 of them, so I have them in our church bag, travel toy bag, diaper bag, and placed around the house. He loves to just look at the pictures and ask questions and/or I read them to him.

  30. Lisa M says:

    Another great place to start is the app “Bible for Kids”. It has awards, badges etc that can be earned for listening to bible stories, answering questions, finding important hidden pictures etc. My 8 year olds comment, “This is a really cool app!” And it is hard to find an age appropriate app that he finds cool!
    App is appropriate for ages 3 and up

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