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RAR #202: For Kids Who Don’t Like Sad Stories

RAR #202: For Kids Who Don’t Like Sad Stories

Update: 2022-04-21


If you have a child who struggles with sad stories...a child who gets really uncomfortable when bad things happen and wants you to stop reading (or wants to stop reading themselves)... then this episode is for you.

And actually, it's for them, too! In fact, it’s an episode you might like to listen to with your kids.

In this episode, you'll hear:

  • What to do if your kids get upset while reading sad stories
  • Why you can predict what terrible thing might be coming (and when in the story it'll happen)
  • What the author is doing and why
  • How to help your kids hang on to the story, and get all the way through to the hope

Click the play button below or scroll down to keep reading.

The Tent Poles Holding Up the Story

Have you ever been camping? Maybe you’ve slept in a tent? 

There are many different shapes of tents: A-frame tents, domes, tunnels, cabins. They are different shapes, different sizes, and different colors.  

Even though they are all different, those tents have a few things in common. They all:

  • Provide shelter
  • Consist of some kind of fabric that makes up the walls, ceiling, and floor
  • Need poles or some kind of structure to hold them aloft

Tents are held up by poles. And stories are held up by a structure too.

Today I want to show you the poles that are holding up many stories and how they can help us understand what authors are doing doing in sad and scary stories.

We can think of stories kind of like tents.

Stories, too, come in all shapes and sizes and are all different from one another.

But they all have a few things in common, too. They all have characters, for example. And those characters all encounter problems.

Knowing the structure of a story (or knowing what those poles are that are holding up the tent), can be really helpful.

It can help us understand why an author might have made something really sad happen. 

The tent poles I’m talking about here aren’t there in every single story – but you’ll see some form of these tent poles in most of the stories you read.

Knowing Yourself, Knowing Your Kids

First, let's be clear: there is nothing wrong with you if you get scared or upset when reading sad or scary stories.

God gave you all of your emotions–the happy, cheerful ones, and the sad and scared ones.

When we read, we feel strongly. That’s the way God made us. He designed us to respond to stories. So I’m not here to convince you that you shouldn’t get sad, or that your worry or discomfort is something you need to fix. 

We read to live other lives, to visit new places, to travel through time, and yes, to feel deeply. But it’s wise, I think, to know your own limits.

And it's wise for parents to know this about their kids.

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RAR #202: For Kids Who Don’t Like Sad Stories

RAR #202: For Kids Who Don’t Like Sad Stories

Sarah Mackenzie