20 Jan Protection Stories That Children Need
The most important need of a small child is a sense of security. It is a basic need of an adult human being as well. The nature of the material world in which we live is uncertain because it is dual. Misfortune replaces happiness, failure follows success, and in the end, death takes our lives away. Deeply inside, we all long for the security that exists in our true home, in the kingdom of God.
The source of security for a small child is parental love and protection, primarily of the mother. Its sense of self-confidence and self-worth in later life depends on the quantity and quality of love that a child receives in the early years. It is the time when the child begins to form a picture of the world he enters, as well as a system of values that will guide him through that world.
Stories are a wonderful tool for parents and teachers to assist their children as they grow up. The purpose of stories for children at the earliest age is to give them a sense of security that they need. Of course, the knowledge of the world and the spiritual values should be woven into these stories. When the child is still very young, we want to emphasize in the story what will give him a sense of trust in life, in people, and God. As a child grows and matures, we reveal through the stories more philosophical facts about the nature of the dual world in which we live.
During our homeschooling, besides telling stories from Vedic literature, I came up with dozens of stories to assist me in teaching. I write stories about nature that surrounds us, seasonal work and changes, and things that children experience. Most importantly, I make sure that the conclusion of the story is always related to the service of Krishna, directly or indirectly. And to be honest, children love my stories the most among all the “schoolwork” (maybe because the mother composed these stories just for them, having their needs in mind).
You can read one of these stories on my blog. I created it last winter while teaching children about snowflakes and water circulation in nature. In addition, the story describes the difference between sensual enjoyment and devotional service to Krishna in a child-friendly way. The day after narrating the story, we played a drama acting out six little snowflakes and their experiences on the journey from the sky to the land. One of them had made her way to the sky again, but this time out of the samsara circle. If you want to hear how she succeeded, please read the story Six little snowflakes in this blog post Winter story for children
I hope the story will inspire you and your children to serve Krishna and use your senses in His service!