Stories are effective in influencing the way a child thinks and behaves because they like to hear or read them over and over again. It is a particularly good way to teach them realistic thinking, and how people realistically solve their problems.
For example in the story, “The Hare and The Tortoise”, which recounts the road race between the rabbit and the tortoise, teaches a child to keep trying and not to brag.
“The Boy Who Cried Wolf” is a story about a boy who falsely accuses a wolf of trying to get his sheep. When a wolf really does come, no one believes him, thus teaching children honesty.
“The Ant and Grasshopper” describes a busy ant gathering food for the winter while the grasshopper plays and ends up hungry. This story teaches a child to take responsibility.
In “Who is Happy?” a crow wishes he had more colourful feathers before realizing that it is better to be happy with what you have.
Telling moral stories is one of the best ways to influence a child’s thinking process.