Generally speaking, mothers make better story tellers than fathers. Primarily, this may be because of two factors. Firstly, the father, in a lot of cases, has occupational stresses to cope with which would undermine his ability to spend enough time with his children. Secondly, the emotional make – up of a male is probably different from that of a female which would again contribute, in fair measure, to ensure that the male of the species might be more impatient to get the story over with and get on with other things than would be the female.
Coming to the kids, a girl child is more likely to be fascinated by stories and tales involving soft emotions like love and / or romance while a boy‘s attention is riveted by tales of fights and violence. Thus, the daughter is into pretty things and dolls and fairies and princesses while the son is more taken up by guns and swords and demons and ghosts.
It is important to remember that children have very open and impressionable minds and stories can be a very effective medium to help cultivate the immense potential of such a tabula rasa or blank slate. Values and morals are much better imbibed by a child if communicated through this medium. Children also identify with the characters of favourite tales and fables and are likely to try and emulate these role models. Thus, story telling must not be used only as a lullaby to put a child to sleep but also to help the child mature better and in a healthier way.