There are certain stories that are universal. No matter how old they get, the lessons they teach never go out of style. Unfortunately, modern children frequently grow up without anyone ever sharing these stories with them. Here are three stories every child should hear.
1. The Boy Who Cried Wolf – How many times has a child lied? This story’s lesson is one that all children need to learn. If they create a lifestyle of lying, eventually it will catch up with them. This story is also about respect. Because the boy did not respect those around him and constantly lied to them, he was without friends when he needed them. This is one lesson that has not changed throughout history.
2. The Tortoise and the Hare – All children sometimes feel that they are not as smart, as fast, or as popular as the other children. This story will help them to realize that success is not based on looks or popularity, but on effort. Despite the fact that the tortoise wasn’t fast, he still beat the hare in the race because he simply kept going when the hare did not. A valuable lesson for children everywhere.
3. The Ant and the Grasshopper – Another story that children need to be told, especially in this decadent age, is that pleasure isn’t everything. The grasshopper starved in the winter because he would rather play all summer than store up food. The ant, however, had enough food because he balanced work and play. A valuable lesson for the ‘me’ generation.
These stories are very, very old, and yet they are as true today as they were when they were first told. Children around the world learn these stories and the lessons they teach. Don’t let your kids miss out on these valuable lessons that the classic tales impart.