As your child grows up, you will see a new personality trait to who your child is becoming every day in her the tendency to develop habits. As each day progresses, your kid will probably outgrow an old habit or form a new one. Some habits could be annoying. But while others will surely make you feel thankful for bringing this wonderful new being into the world and having a chance to raise a new life.
Storytime, however, though is one activity that your kid will not outgrow anytime soon. Whether you indulge in bedtime stories, or are slowly making progress in toward a better daytime reading habit for your child, or simply teaching your child good values, story time is always special.
Inspiring and Motivational Short Stories for Children
1. The Sad Peacock
Here is a wonderful story about a peacock who almost went the same way.
So, there was this once a beautiful peacock who was all but dancing on a rainy day. He was busy admiring his plumage. However, he was suddenly reminded of his shortcoming in a rough voice. All the joy beaten out of him, he was almost in tears. Suddenly, when he heard a nightingale singing nearby.
Listening to the nightingale’s sweet voice, his own shortcoming was once again thrown into sharp relief became very evident. He began wondering why he was jinxed in such a manner. At that moment, when Juno, the leader of the Gods, appeared and addressed to the peacock.
“Why are you upset?” Juno asked the peacock.
The peacock complained about his rough voice and how he was sad because of it. “The nightingale has such a beautiful voice. Why don’t I?”
After listening to the peacock, Juno explained, “ that every living being is special in his or her own way. They are and made in a certain manner that serves the greater purpose. Yes, the nightingale is blessed with a beautiful voice, but you are also blessed – with such a beautiful and glittering plumage! The trick is acceptance and making the most of what you have.”
The peacock understood how silly he had been in comparing himself to others and forgetting his own blessings. He realized that day that everyone was unique in some way or the other.
Moral Of The StorySelf-acceptance is the first step to happiness. Make the best of what you have rather than being unhappy about what you don’t.
2. The Turtle and the Hare
The hare is not only a beautiful little creature but is known for its speed and cleverness. Turtles, on the other hand, are amphibians that are more down to earth and, of course, slower in all aspects of life.
One fine day, the hare bragged and came up with the idea of holding a race with the turtle. The turtle agreed, and the race began.
The hare managed to get a good lead over the turtle because he was an excellent runner. However, such was the ego of the hare that it not only goes way ahead of the turtle but also decides to take a nap at some distance just before the finish line. Such was the ego of the hare that he was convinced he would easily win even if he slept for some time to rub it in.
The turtle, on the other hand, was far slower than the hare. However, he keeps up with the race with determination and without cutting corners. The turtle managed to reach the finish line just as the hare was waking up! He, nevertheless won the race even though he was a far slower runner than the hare and not even rubbing it in the hare’s face.
Moral Of The StoryAs long as you are steady and determined, you will always win, no matter what your speed is. Laziness is your enemy, as is pride.
3. The Two Gardeners
Therefore, here is a story that talks about the challenges of learning to do things on your own through stronger roots.
Once there lived two neighbours who used to grow the same plants in their respective gardens. One neighbour was fussy and took extreme care of her plants. The other neighbour did what was required but left leaves of the plants alone to grow as they pleased.
On a fine evening, there was a huge storm, accompanied by rainfall. The storm destroyed many of the plants.
The next morning, when the fussy neighbour woke up, she found that the plants have had been uprooted and destroyed. However, when the more relaxed neighbour woke up, she found that though the damage to her plants was minor her plants were still firmly rooted.
The plant of the relaxed neighbour had learnt to do things on its own. So, it had done its bit of work, grown deep roots, and made a place for itself in the soil. Thus, it had stood firm even in the storm. However, the fussy neighbour used to do everything for the plant, thereby not teaching the plant how to sustain on its own.
Moral Of The StorySooner or later, you have to let go and become independent. Unless you stop fussing, nothing will work on its own. The plant of the normal neighbour had done its bit of work and made a place for itself thereby standing firm. The fussy neighbour did everything for the plant, thereby not teaching the plant how to sustain on its own.
4. The Three Fishes
There were three fishes living in a pond. These fishes were friends and practically did everything together.
One day, a fisherman came across the pond and was delighted to see so many fishes. He invited fellow fishermen, and they made plans to cast the nets.
The wisest of the fishes made plans to find a different pond. While one of the fishes agreed, the third one of them denied saying that the pond was home and he shall not vacate it. The third fish further said that there had never been any danger in the pond. “I don’t see the point of leaving this pond. I think it is cowardly.”
The first two fish were unable to convince their friend, and so they decided to part ways.
The next day, when the fishermen cast their nets, the first two fishes escaped. However, while the third one gets caught. He had been unable to identify and act upon the problem and was now paying the price of neglecting danger.
Moral Of The StoryIt pays to be wise when faced with a problem. Remember that and every problem is different and therefore has a different solution.