Parents’ Self-Improvement | Millions of Stories

I’m convinced that books and stories are great tools to help children empower themselves and stay happy regardless of what life brings at them.

The same hold true for adults and parents in particular. You will find below some very useful resources I’ve used myself. My hope is that those resources became as helpful for you as they were for me.

Enjoy!

Click here to view those resources : Parents’ Self-Improvement | Millions of Stories.

Taking a step back… to better move forward!

It’s been 12 posts and the same number of days since I started this blog. I started it with an idea in mind, i.e. I wanted to let the world know about a great project I have : Millions of Stories. I did not suspect however how your feedback was going to help me framing up this project.

So far, I’ve been writing mostly in 2 categories : Think About It and Make It Happen. The former meant to explain my dream and the reasons I believe so much that this is what I am in this world to do. According to my little blogger experience, this category has been successful. I’ve got a few likes and views in this category from my very first post and regularly in the next ones as well.

Although the success of the posts in the second category (Make It Happen) is not as great, the overall experience for me is fantastic! Together, the overall feedback tells me a lot already.

Lessons Learned

  • There are people out there who think my project is great and who like the idea! Nice!
  • There is a fantastic community of dreamers currently blogging in WordPress and ready to provide feedback on others’ ideas. Many bloggers actually already made their dream happen (from whom I can take example), other are going to make it happen (like me) and other will just keep dreaming because that is what they want to do (we should never stop dreaming!).
  • On my end, I still have some work to do to better frame the project before the wheel can get started. The bloggers’ feedback will help me do that over the next couple of posts, great!

That being said, thanks for my early supporters, you really made a huge difference already, believe it or not!

I was not able to find the blog address for all of you. I’m pleased to add it back if you let me know the URL.

That being said, it’s time for more feedback… 🙂 what is your ideas on how to use stories to make children love books and create happiness in their lives?

I dream, therefore I am… going to tell 1 million stories to children all around the world

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.

The Earth seen from Apollo 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As far ago as I can remember, I always loved reading books. I started looking at comic books even before I could read. I learned to read with the Smurfs (which I still own and am now passing to my daughter for the same purpose). I have awesome recollections of reading good novels at the country house of my parents during many summer vacations when I was a teenager. I learned Spanish reading Mafalda, Garfield and Condorito (Chilean comic book). Books helped me pass through the difficult moments of my life and allowed me to fully enjoy the best moments as well.

My daughter recently learned how to read and is enjoying books as much as I was at her age. To me, this is fantastic and I’m proud of it because I consider that giving her this passion was the best gift I could giver her. The passion of reading will be with her forever and will help her during her whole life. I have no doubts about that.

At the same time, I know that many children in the world do not have the chance my daughter had and may not be exposed to books like we both were. I want to make a difference in the life of those children. I want to tell them stories, show them how books can take them into the fabulous world of their imagination, how interesting they are and the million things they can learn by reading a book.

I want to give out 1 millions gifts for this project. This is why… I dream, therefore I am… going to tell 1 millions stories to children all around the world!

4 easy steps to reach 1 millions stories told to children all around the world

Step Pyramid

Step Pyramid (Photo credit: Ed Yourdon)

All rights! The fun starts now. In order to tell 1 millions stories to children all around the world, we need to start somewhere, right? Here are 4 simple steps to get there…

  1. Start telling 1 story in each and every continent – that’s 7 stories – Easy!
  2. Then tell 1 story in each and every country – that’s 196 more stories – Manageable!
  3. Then tell 1 story in each and every major city in the world – that’s 4,360 stories – Challenging!
  4. And finally, tell 1 story every 2 weeks in 10 schools of each of the major cities over the course of 1 year – that’s 1,133,600 stories! – Wow!

We’ve then over achieved our goal and brought happiness in the life of more than 1 million children in the world. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Ready? Let’s start with step 1, 1 story per continent. This shouldn’t be too hard. I already have viewers, likes and followers from North America, Europe and Asia. I’m then only missing South America, Africa, Australia and Antartica.

Want to be in? Hurry up, it’s as easy as 1,2,3. Check out the 3 easy steps under my page Be part of it, join us!

What if we would all live like ducklings?

Ducklings

Ducklings (Photo credit: burnt in effigy)

There is probably Millions of Stories written for children in the world. I read a few myself to my own children of course. There is one I remember reading to my daughter a while back before she could read by herself. The story is called “Icky Little Duckling” by Steve Smallman and Tim Warnes.

It’s a funny story about a very organized Mr. Rabbit who finds a beautiful and perfect egg while walking outside. He brings it home, but suddenly the egg cracks and a icky little duckling goes out of it, saying “Mom!”. This adventure is going to change the life of Mr. Rabbit. Soon, his house became not as clean, calm and perfect as it used to be. Mr. Rabbit becomes frustrated and start searching for the duckling’s mother in the hope of getting rid of the baby and getting back his clean, calm and perfect house. Finally, after some time, Mr. Rabbit finds the mother and the duckling return to live with her. The house becomes again as clean, calm and perfect as it used to be. But then, guess what? Mr Rabbit finds himself no longer happy in this situation. He realizes that having a clean, calm, perfect, but empty house is actually quite boring! He finally goes out again to invite all the duckling’s family in for a party at his house!

The End.

To me, this is a simple story that illustrates well what really matter in life. Not only is it a funny story, but it teaches the importance of friendship to children. Think about it, are you living like Mr. Rabbit or like the little duckling?

“Icky little duckling” is one of the 1 millions stories I want to tell children all around the world as part of the project Millions of Stories.

And you, which children book do you remember? What are the best stories you have been told, or have told to your own children? Which ones really matter to be told to many many children in the world?

Suggestions welcome, I still need to find 999,999 more stories to tell!