Children are our teachers

So my son is now three and a half and watching him grow as an individual, absolutely unique and hilarious is wonderful. He is a comedian, always entertaining and making people laugh. I am so very grateful for my son in every way, but one in particular…

His vocabulary of new words and meaning are original and may come in handy one day for one of my stories.

  • Flakataded: usually said when waving arms around…
  • Poetina: said in a very quick fashion- unsure of its meaning.
  • Badadad: It means you have to go upside down and look inwards, apparently
  • Flikscrew: said as an action, normally when he’s trying to fix his bike.
  • Fibby: frequent use, meaning ghost.

The list could go on and on… I have compiled a list and may add it at a later stage with possible reference to usage in my books, why not?

Not only are his words inspiring but his story telling is blissfully equal. There is never a sentence left unsaid or unfinished, whether it makes sense or not. Bedtime stories usually start with an action from me, then my son will complete the story string. We take it in turns to add something new to the story. It is so fun and I didn’t expect to be able to do this with him at this age. Not only is he imaginative, but he ‘does voices’ and is a wonderful mimic, which is not so great at times. When we use characters, people or animals in our stories, he will give them each a voice, which I think is an amazing skill at his age. It is a wonderful free tool for my own works in creating fictional characters.

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I think teaching children to create stories and characters is an excellent way to help develop imagination and their creative side. It gives them confidence, a leadership role and a sense of achievement, even at the age of three. Reading to your child every day is important, not only for education purposes but for one on one bonding time, attention and of course snuggles.

I would love to hear what you do with your children to help them create and imagine new ideas, possibilities, and outcomes.

If you’re interested in finding different ways to increase your child’s creativity or bring in more magic to their lives, give my other posts a read 10 Ways To Ignite Magic For Children and Creative Kids

Follow my blog for further posts on writing fantasy and a book in the works called ‘Toddler to Teens, meditation tips’. Sign up to my mailing list About Annie.K.Baxter to receive the first glimpse into my children’s stories and meditations.

Love & gratitude

Annie Baxter

 

 

 

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