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How can I educate my children with so little time?
A world without values, a world with no time
We often think about our children's future and wonder how to combat a lack of values. How can we make generosity, hard work and respect part of their lives?
And what about us? Restricted by exhausting jobs and lifestyles, we barely have the time and energy to seek solutions.
"Don't let your child's mind be ruled by laziness. Don't allow their spirit to give up in the face of a world without values. Avoiding this is well within your reach, it won't cost you any time and is much easier than you imagine."
What about when you aren't with them?
We all know that it's our responsibility to educate and stimulate our children when we are with them. But this time is limited, and that's why it's so important to continue the process when we're away or can't give them our attention.
This is exactly where we can help you.
The damaging influence of television
Parents' lack of time and children's boredom mean that television and other negative influences progressively hook our children for increasing amounts of time, while dragging down their minds with the ills of laziness and passivity.
My own story
From the middle of 2005, with two small children and the very same concerns, I too spent time trying to find solutions to this conundrum of children, values, stimulation and lack of time.
After many months of study and work, in 2007 I found the solution: to renew and update the oldest form of teaching: the story. I then set to work, aiming to make the story my children's best teacher.
I didn't manage to fit all the pieces of the puzzle together: I spent countless hours and finally quit my old job. But thanks to a little persistence Bedtime Stories now exists, and I'm pleased to say that it has helped many people fit together the pieces of their own puzzle.
".....I recognise their great creativity, but am even more impressed by their content, so full of richness and beautiful messages that should fill us with joy and cheer, but above all with good will and values...
...…if evil beings were to hear these stories, they would surely become human...."
Victor Baeza,writer, composer and general manager of Nosotros los Ninos (We the Children)
The audio stories will do much more for your children than you would imagine
Counterbalancing the effects of television
With television, even the most educational animations
have a downside: audio and video captivate the child's attention and dominate their senses. Therefore, when watching television the brain only takes in and processes information, which is a very primitive function in any animal.
This annuls the higher level brain functions that are so characteristic of human beings, particularly those of a creative nature.
"The best example of high level brain activity is reading. When reading we generate images from words . This extraordinarily complex, creative process is exclusive to humans.
Therefore the ability to read and understand a text is one of the best indicators of academic performance and professional success: the more we read, the more our brains work on higher processing tasks."
Preparation for reading
Up to 7 or 8 years old, children do not read fluently, and listening to stories without imagery is the best alternative for carrying out higher level tasks: when internally visualising the content of the audio story the brain is creating images and countering the effects of television.
So the audio story is