Not so very long ago, the family was the center of social relationships. Children learned by working with their parents – how to cook, clean, garden, wash or repair the car, and tend animals and younger children. The adults who were a constant in the child’s life usually felt pride and attachment for the young people growing up in their home. The purity of the young child was often appreciated, and childhood was protected. No age is perfect, and no family is perfect. But the shifts in our time have some common themes that distinctly affect families.
The images a child is given are as important for health as the food a child eats. These images are included in stories you tell your child – for example, about your own childhood. The child creates images from hearing your spoken word. Making inner pictures from hearing the spoken word is how the child builds imagination.
Pictures are ready-made in books, however as the child hears the story in the book unfold, the pictures in the child’s mind become more elaborate, through the child’s own creativity.