Stories build a bridge between the storyteller and the listener, a bridge that can then be used for authentic communication. In the intimacy of this process lies the therapeutic power of stories. By appealing to metaphor and illustration, stories give healing and growth to all – both to those who tell them and to those who listen to them. The goals of the stories are: to encourage unconditional self-acceptance, to call attention to the consequences of sibling rivalry and foster the development of appropriate relationships, to call attention to the negative effects of stubbornness and to help diminish it, to call attention to the impact of TV addiction on everyday life and to offer positive alternatives, to facilitate the children’s adjustment to school, to suggest solutions for the fear of unknown, to offer solutions for the fear of sleeping alone, to illustrate the negative consequences of anger and many other.
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Stubborn Little Ant Mia
Goal of the story: to call attention to the negative effects of stubbornness and to help diminish it
Autumn was in full swing and the animals were getting ready for winter. The ants had spent their summer gathering food for winter in their anthills. They didn’t intend to stop now, so mother ant gathered the family around her to give them instructions.
“Today is a wonderful day for grain gathering!” she said.
They all agreed and got ready for work. But they heard a little voice saying:
“I don’t want to go!”
It was Mia, the little ant.
“We all have to work if we want to have enough food to last us through winter,” explained mother ant.
“I don’t want to go anywhere! I don’t want to work!”
“Then you can stay at home and cook for us while we are out,” said her mother.
“I don’t want to do that, either!” refused Mia again.
“All right. We are leaving now. You stay home and watch over the supplies,” accepted her mother in the end.
“No! I don’t want to!” said Mia turning her back on them and walking out.
She walked and walked and got further and further away from the anthill. Suddenly she stopped and looked around. She realized she was lost and got scared. She started asking around for directions.
“Squirrel, please, help me! I’m lost! Tell me how to get to my anthill!”
“I don’t want to!” said the squirrel and went on her way.
A few steps further she nearly ran into an anteater. She managed to avoid him at the last moment, escaping by the skin of her teeth. She walked on, anxious and scared. She didn’t know what to do and she started crying. She met a mosquito and asked him to help her, as he saw things better from up above.
“I don’t want to!” said the mosquito and went on his way.
Mia was so scared she stood rooted to the spot. She felt there was nothing more she could do and there was no one to help her. Then she heard a familiar voice calling her name. When she turned, she saw her mother.
“Mommy! Oh, Mommy, I am so happy to see you!” cried Mia running towards her mother.
“I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to find you! Let’s go home!” said her mother.
“Of course, Mommy. I can hardly wait to get home and help you if you want me to!”
Mia went through a tough situation that day and she realized how bad it was to deal with someone else’s stubbornness. So from that day forward she never said ‘I don’t want to’ again.