You may not realize it, but dads make great storytellers.
There is no doubt that mothers do a lot of the housework, and caring for the family. Some dads do, too, and while we live in a world which is fighting against stereotyped gender roles, it is important to recognize that we all have our own special gifts to offer to the family.
When it comes to reading to the kids each night, mom tends to get that job too. However, research is telling us that dads are actually better at storytelling for several reasons.
Dads Tend to More Creative
Reading at bedtime is supposed to help children get to sleep. With that in mind, many moms tend to choose books which are quieter and more relaxing.
They love to grab loud, busy, and exciting books to share each night. Who needs to go to sleep, anyways?!
Why not curl up with a scary, thrilling book or one where each chapter leaves you with baited-breath, waiting for more?
Dads are More Animated
Children love it when their dads read to them and act out parts of the story. Dads love to do the actions, jump up and down, and role play many of the parts and characters.
Many dads like to be creative with the storyline too. They will often add in new line here and there. Some have even been known to incorporate the names of family members, the child being read to included, and enhance the story further.
Experts will tell you that contextualizing a story in this way makes reading much more engaging and compelling. Well, that’s the official, boring line, but, kids know that it’s just good fun and they love it.
Dads have Deep Voice
A friend of mine was a second grade teacher for some time, and sharing stories with his students was his favorite part of the week.
The class would gather around him, he would lean forward, take a deep breath, and begin.
Years later, a student told him how much he loved the way he told stories, but also how scared he was too!
This male teacher had a deep, booming voice which he used to such an effect the windows rattled in their frames, and the children shook in their boots when he cried, “Fie, Fi, Fo, Fum…”!
A deeper male voice seems to resonate with children. It is usually more relaxing in a quiet tone, and can even come across as more trustworthy.
You probably don’t need me to tell you how important it is to encourage children to read. We are all responsible for the education of children, as well.
So, my challenge to the fathers reading this is to read to your kids every day. Use books to build memories that your children will treasure all their lives.
And, read those books loud, and with purpose – whether they were created that way or not! There is no doubt that your children will develop a great love of reading which will help them further their education and careers.
About Susan Day
Susan Day is an author of 15 children’s books, educator, and a content marketer. Her blog, Astro’s Adventures Book Club, is full of ideas and tips for grandparents, and anyone, who want to share a love of books and reading with their grandkids. Susan lives in country Australia with four dogs, three boss cats, three rescue guinea pigs, and an errant kangaroo.