National story telling week.


I will admit I did not know about this until I saw a friends business page, however spured on this blog.

Story telling, reading, book sharing what ever you want to call it is greatly important to a child’s development.

Now a days honestly how often do your read/story tell, to your child, weather a book, magazine or tell story from your own imagination?! Not very often now I best, especially compared to when you were a child.

We are bringing children up now in a more digital age, chill them after a busy day with a tablet or to programme but why?! Ease, convience, child wishes?!

Have you really thought about some the of the benefits to story time?! Here I will share some and well as tips to bring it into you home routine.


How and what it helps in development.

1. Enhances Verbal Skills:
Reading out stories to your children helps in making them develop language as well as in learning new words and phrases.

2. Improves Listening Skills:

The more children are encouraged to listen and share stories, the more it help to improve attention span as well as further listening skills and understanding.

3. Encourages Creativity And Imagination
Listening to a story helps a child imagine the characters, places, what things look like etc. This enhances their creativity, making them more imaginative and open to ideas and free thinking.

4.  A Great Tool For Sharpening Memory:

This is done by sharing books and sotored on more than one occasion and asking your child what happens next, who in the story, even missing words especially on rhyming stories. Kids love this as really gets them involved with reading too and triggers excitement to go on. This can also help childrens attention as adding right bits at right part of the story as well as sequencing, e.g. Beginning, middle and end.

5. Broadens Horizon:

you can expose children to different places, cultures, countries around the world via a book, this will give them more understanding of the world around them.

6. Makes Academic Learning more fun:

Through stories you can make any subject interesting, by allowing this grows children creativity and understanding as linking to their likes and interests. E.g. My son learning about the great fire of London and found two books in library on this and now he really willing to read himself and share facts he has learnt, then impacting on writing skills and more all from a book on an event in 1666. When a child finds things interesting more inclined to want to learn more.

7. Better Communication:

many children have lots of buzzing questions, when focusing on story this can help children to link these questions channel long them to themes e.g. The story. Develop Confidance to ask when they want to know more as well as furthering this learning e.g. If you don’t know answer find a book that may. Again this impacts all learning.

8. Helps To Face Difficult Situations With Ease:

Sometimes children struggle to understand changes, their own feelings, emotions of others and more. Finding a story that real ages to this can really help your child, and prepare them for their life adventure.
Amazon and your local library can be great sauce for these.


9. Makes Them Aware Of Their Own Culture And Roots:

Telling children stories from your own childhood and past activities is great to share family traditions, start new ones and share your personal history. Last year I took my own two up home and showed them my old high school, this made them ask more about me as a child and grew on bonds as well as relighting great memories for myself.

Helping at home.

Many setting including my own childminding have books on offer all the time I have fictional and non fiction, magazines, cook books and travel books. We have story time too daily, where I allow children to choose or I will if I know I am working on something in particular. Tiddler is the favourite at the moment and love seeing the children say part with me. This type of learning is linked into the EYFS.

Photos, pictures and flash cards

Story telling does not just have to be from books or the imagination. Photos are a great sauce too, making up their own from these too if great fun, flash cards and changing bit at a time is great to encourage speaking skills, memory and more as above.

Bedtime story

Just doing one story one night a week before sleep has great impact, increasing this as your child gets used to it has even better results. From bonding with your child, above benefits and even helping calm them before sleep as well as relaxing yourself

Involve your child

Let them know of changes, e.g. No screen but book. Allowing them to choose the book to share. Take them to you local library to get a book for one night, woll greatly impact of your children’s relationship with books.


Visit your local library, sign your child up for a card, the books are free and many under a child’s card don’t get fines if late return, lost or damaged. This also keep local libraries alive and in our areas. Find your local on here…

Book swap

Don’t have many books yourself, ask a friend if you can do swaps with them. Your childcare setting if you use one.  Find a book group online, I know I swap a lot of pass on my books to members in there for little to no costs.




This is our story den, cupboard under the stairs, we have two shelves (£3 each spice racks from ikea) but great to give enought space to have a range of books.

Make them warm cosy and comfortable if you can, or if limited of are just share story on sofa, bed making it cosy so the child has a whole nice approach to books and story telling.


Story time/reading does not gave to be a ruling task, it s amazing benefits as above as well as helping develop further bonds with your child.

Give your child a early lead in interest in books when they reach school, they have no choice on guided reading time with teachers, what harm can it actually do, books are free in library and so if your time.


Embrace story telling week (27th Jan to 3rd Feb)  and feel free to share how you are doing it in the comments.


Domestic Abuse: help us to be heard by Jennifer Gilmour

As some of you may know I have a good friend and Author called Jennier Gilmour.

I got to know Jen via our nappy cake businesses over 4 year ago.

Jennifer has kindly sent me a feature on her next project, Clipped wings. Please take a read, I have yet to read Jens latest book (bad friend) as been so so busy since winning my award.

Please se take a look at this and her book is available on various publications.


Domestic Abuse: Help us to be heard

The term ‘domestic abuse’ is currently high on the political and popularist agenda. Author, Jennifer Gilmour has spent the last 10 months speaking with survivors of domestic abuse in order to give a voice to their stories.

Jennifer, herself a survivor of domestic abuse, released her debut novel Isolation Junction last year. It is loosely based on her own experience of emotional abuse and coercive control by a former partner. The aim of book was to educate others of this hidden side of domestic abuse through a form of entertainment as a fictional novel.

As a result of reading her novel other survivors came forward to speak of their own experiences and Jennifer has collated these accounts into one book. The book, entitled ‘Clipped Wings’ was released last month to mark domestic violence awareness month.

Each ‘voice’ is speaks from their own experience and Jennifer believes that this is key to the continued work of raising awareness of this kind of behaviour, the effect it can have and by knowing that they are not alone, helping people to have the courage to move away from the perpetrators of such behaviour and to rebuild their lives.

‘Clipped Wings’ continues Jenny’s mission of raising awareness of domestic abuse and coercive control and to demonstrate that the statistic of 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men is indeed correct. Sadly, this kind of behaviour transcends the age groups with many young men and women entering into relationships dominated by unacceptably controlling behaviours. Jennifer says, “Together we are stronger and can work to eradicate this insidious and often unnoticed behaviour which is prevalent in an unacceptable number of relationships.”

In its first week Clipped Wings reached number 3 in the Kindle charts.


What book reviewers have said about the book:

Jessica’s Reading Room
“Whilst it is heartbreaking to read some of the accounts and what the people went through in their relationships, it is ultimately an uplifting book. The stories are as much about courage and recovery as they are about violence and abuse.
I would say this book is a must read for anyone who wants to hear first hand how people can survive such terrible abuse and come through the other side”

Isabella May Author
“To pen ‘Isolation Junction’, her first novel, was one thing. But to then go on to compile an anthology, working with domestic violence survivors both female and male, from all walks of life and backgrounds; that was quite another. An emotional roller coaster in every sense of the word”

Life of a Nerdish Mum
“This isn’t an easy read, but it is an important one. Giving a voice to survivors makes the problem visible and it can help people who may be in a similar situation see that they are not alone and there can be a light at the end of the the tunnel. There is also advice given at the end of the book by Jennifer Gilmour who is a survivor herself, in case you may need it or know someone who does.”

Chocolate ’n’ Waffles
“Reading Clipped Wings is unsettling, upsetting, and it should be! Many of the victims talked about how they did not see the signs, how guilt eats them away, how hard it is to escape a prison with no bars. It made me sick, it made me want to punch someone very hard. But most importantly, it showed me, with their own words, how those men and women did not let go of life, despite everything. This is the most beautiful part of the book”

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