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Bedtime story

– Western Culture: – Parents in Western culture read bedtime stories to kids for peaceful sleep. – Bedtime stories help build a strong parent-child relationship. […]

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– Western Culture:
– Parents in Western culture read bedtime stories to kids for peaceful sleep.
– Bedtime stories help build a strong parent-child relationship.
– The stories vary based on cultural backgrounds.
– Different categories of bedtime stories exist in Western culture.
– Bedtime stories offer various benefits for children’s development.

– Cultural Depiction:
– Western bedtime stories include traditional values and stories.
– Stories may feature cowboys and hippie lifestyles.
– Verbal storytelling is a common practice.
– Cultural elements are prevalent in Western bedtime stories.
– Different categories of stories cater to diverse preferences.

– New Authors:
– Color printing and publishing advancements have led to new authors in the industry.
– Authors like Arthur S. Maxwell create engaging, picture-related stories.
– Children’s storybooks by new authors keep the audience captivated.
– Creative storytelling approaches are embraced by modern authors.
– Series of children’s storybooks offer a wide range of narratives.

– European Culture:
– European bedtime stories are renowned worldwide.
– Aesop’s or Greek fables form the basis of European bedtime stories.
– These stories aid in mental development and skill enhancement.
– European bedtime stories are deeply rooted in Aesop’s fables.
– Aesop’s fables teach ethical and moral values to children.

– Aesop’s Fables:
– Aesop’s fables are moral tales written by a Greek storyteller.
– These fables feature animal characters and impart valuable life lessons.
– The fables were originally part of the oral tradition.
– Aesop’s fables have been translated into numerous languages.
– Famous Aesop’s fables include “The Ant and the Grasshopper” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.”

Bedtime story (Wikipedia)

A bedtime story is a traditional form of storytelling, where a story is told to a child at bedtime to prepare the child for sleep. The bedtime story has long been considered "a definite institution in many families".

A father reading his daughter a bedtime story: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

The term "bedtime story" was coined by Louise Chandler Moulton in her 1873 book, Bed-time Stories. The scholar Robin Bernstein traces how the "ritual of an adult reading out loud to a child at bedtime formed mainly in the second half of the nineteenth century and achieved prominence in the early twentieth century in tandem with the rising belief that soothing rituals were necessary for children at the end of the day. The ritual resulted from and negotiated diverse phenomena: not only the growth of the picture book industry but also the spread of isolated sleeping in which children occupied individual bedrooms, the expansion of electricity and heating systems that shifted evening reading beyond the hearth to other domestic spaces, and a bevy of newly crowned psychological experts who persuaded parents that children needed" bedtime rituals. "By the middle of the twentieth century," Bernstein writes, "the ritual had acquired acute symbolic meaning. Parents’ reading to children at bedtime became a metonym for proper parenting and an idealized middle- class childhood."

Reading bedtime stories yields multiple benefits for parents and children alike. The fixed routine of a bedtime story before sleeping can improve the child's brain development, language mastery, and logical thinking skills. The storyteller-listener relationship creates an emotional bond between the parent and the child. Due to "the strength of the imitative instinct" of a child, the parent and the stories that they tell act as a model for the child to follow.

Bedtime stories are also useful for teaching the child abstract virtues such as sympathy, selflessness, and self-control, as most children are said to be "naturally sympathetic when they have experienced or can imagine the feelings of others". Thus, bedtime stories can be used to discuss darker subjects such as death and racism. As the bedtime stories broaden in theme, the child "will broaden in their conception of the lives and feelings of others".

Adult versions in the form of audio books help adults fall asleep without finishing the story.

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