Age Group: 4 to 12 years old

Assalaamu alaikum parents!

Bedtime is always a drama when kids are not used to a routine. One way to make it special is to make it enjoyable and something to look forward to. How can you make bedtime enjoyable? Well, kids love attention, and this is the time when you can lather it on and make them feel special.

Even if they’ve been in your hair all day, they still need some quiet, peaceful time to wind down before bed. It’s important to get into a bedtime routine. A short story before bed can help your child get into the habit of looking forward to it – without the tantrums.

Kids love stories and they love videos even more. Have you ever tried using a video-story instead of a book before bedtime? Although this might seem like an easy thing to do, we often end up spending more time looking for something appropriate to read to them and just get frustrated because it just doesn’t quite meet our expectations.

Sometimes we give up on this whole exercise because we only have a few minutes to spare and all we have are long books to read with no end in sight. If you haven’t found the right material yet, Tales of Wisdom could be just for you.

Tales of Wisdom

This is one little gem of a series that will give you a quick solution with their short moral story themed videos.  Using a video-story can be enjoyable for both parents and children. Even though you do not have to read to your child, there is still an engaging story in each episode that can lend itself to deeper conversations between you and your little one.

These stories can help develop your child’s moral character while being fun at the same time and you can spend a few moments before bedtime winding down with your child in a stress free environment learning something good for the day.

Characters

Every story is different, with a host of new characters so there is always something new and exciting to look forward to. The stories are colourful, animated and each one aims to teach a valuable moral by the end of it. 

In the first episode we meet little Adam. He learns an important lesson about listening to his parents. He is an active little boy with a big imagination, which often lands him in hot water.

In this episode he doesn’t listen to his parents and gets hurt. The story ends well because his parents make sure he is taken care of, but he realises an important lesson, that “parents know best.”

Each video is beautifully animated with a lively narrative and interesting characters that your children will identify with, like Adam, Dina and many others that you can meet along the way.

Features

The good thing about this series is that it explicitly states what you should have learnt from watching the video. Often we are left wondering about that and sometimes kids (and adults) just don’t get it. This makes it simple for every child to grasp.

This way, when the video ends with the moral that the story was about, it is the perfect beginning for you to jump in and share some of your wisdom with your child. This is a great opportunity for that bonding moment your child is looking for.

As kids get older and even start to read, you might think that you don’t need to read to them before bedtime anymore. When they are around this age, it’s not just about you reading to them to improve their languages skills and learn new vocabulary. Most kids just want their parents to dedicate a few moments of their day with them.

Sometimes, these few minutes before bedtime is all they can get out of your  busy schedule, which brings us to the other best feature – short videos. You can get through the story quickly while still learning a valuable lesson. It is about quality, not quantity.

Tales of Wisdom is engaging and helps your child build a good moral character.  It is also a great starting point for bigger conversations.

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Tips on how to use Tales of Wisdom for better bedtimes

  1. Set a regular time everyday
  2. Get comfortable and let your child get ready for by themselves – you can say you won’t begin the story until they are ready for bed
  3. Make the intention to enjoy these few minutes with your child
  4. Watch the story with your child and keep mental notes about what you can talk about after
  5. Ask your child what they learnt from the story when it is done
  6. Discuss the moral of the story with your child and how they can make use of it in their lives
  7. Help them to understand why it is an important lesson
  8. End the night on a good note with hugs, kisses and duaa
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About the author

Zahara is an entrepreneur, homeschooling mom, education specialist, UX designer and writer. She currently lives in South Africa and works with social enterprises and faith based companies around the world. You can see some of her projects at http://zaharacassim.com/

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