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5 Children Stories With The Most Relatable Real-Life Lessons

Updated on February 12, 2019
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A dreamy person who grew up absorbed in novel, movie and music. She believes that right brain is essential to keep up with this crazy world.

Children Stories with Morals
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Children Stories as A Best Education

As an adult, I still believe that children stories are the best form of education before the child enrolls in a primary school. It's not as boring as the novel, the grammar is simple and there're also interesting illustrations or pictures. Furthermore, there are also many morals that we could get from the stories.

Even until now, I still love children stories and personally, I find it far more interesting than recently published novels. A classic remains in the heart after all.

So, here's the 5 children stories with the best moral lessons that would be perfect for your children.

The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey
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The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey

Aesop | 1909 | Get this book

What's this children story about?

A man and his son went into a market with a donkey. In the middle of the road, they constantly criticized by the people that they met. The first person asked them why they didn't ride the donkey to the market. When the boy rode the donkey, the second passers asked why the boy rode the donkey and let his father walked. They always mind other people's comment. In the end, their journey led to such misfortune when their donkey felt into the river.

What's the moral of this children story?

Please all, and you will please none

What's the real-life lesson?

In this life, there's impossible to just hear about what we want to hear. Others will comment about what we do, how we look and so do us. It's part of living in society. We can't force them to shut their mouth. Still, it's up to us how we'll react to their comment. If that's right, then welcome their suggestion openly. If not, then just ignore them.

In this story, there's one time when the boy rode in the donkey and her father just walked. People pointed at the boy and after that, he let his father riding the donkey. If we think from the social norms, it was the right thing to do. But, if you did something just because it's the right thing to do (based on social views), is it still right?

The Man, The Boy, and The Donkey not only teach you about doing something on your account but also about understanding the meaning behind your action.

The Three Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf
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The Three Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf

Joseph Jacobs | 1890 | Get this book

What's this children story about?

Once upon a time, there were three little pigs. Each of them wanted to build a home. The first pig built his house with a bundle of straws. It's easy, but it's not strong enough to protect him from the wind. The second pig decided to put more effort into his house. He used a bundle of sticks to build his house. Differ from his brothers, the third pig is diligent and clever, so he used a load of brick to build his house.

Suddenly, a wolf came and blew the first pig's house. Because it's only made by staws, it's easily ruined by the wolf. The wolf ate the pig in an instant. The wolf came into a second pig. He believed that the wolf wouldn't be able to blow up his house because it's stronger than straws. However, the wolf blew into the house and it's easily collapsed. The wolf confidently came into a third pig, but when he's tried to blow his house, nothing happened. It's too strong and sturdy to be destroyed.

What's the moral of the story?

- It's not about how fast you make it, but about how good the result.

What's the real-life lesson?

In this millennial era, people usually like everything done in an instant. Easier, faster and simpler. This children story try to tell us that just because it easier, doesn't mean it better. If you're just doing something half-baked, it's better if you don't do it at all.

I believe at some point, it's more relatable than what it seems to be. There're many cases when people only finish their tasks because their teacher or boss asks them to do so. In the end, the results are bad or maybe decent, but nothing worth to mention.

This children story can give a child a good mindset to finish what his/her done with an excellent result, even if it takes more times than others.

Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
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Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Judith Viorst | 1987 | Get this book

What's this children story about?

Woke up in the morning, Alexander found gum in his hair. After that, he stripped himself on the skateboard. Not only that, he also accidentally dropped his sweater to the sink with running water and he could tell that he would have a terrible, horrible, no good and very bad day. And he's never wrong.

What's the moral of the story?

- There's always a bad day for everyone. But, a bad day is not always so bad after all.

What's the real-life lesson?

Who's never have a bad day? Alexander, Paul or even your neighbors must have experienced a bad day. That's what this story tried to convey. Even if you have a bad day and nothing happens in the way you want, there may be a good thing after all, if you're looking from another perspective.

For children who usually throw a tantrum when their wish doesn't come true, it may be a good story for their personality development and teach them how to look at problems from the more bright perspective.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf
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The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Aesop | 1687 | Get this book

What's this children story about?

A young shepherd was told to watch over a bunch of sheep in the grass field. He felt bored, so he told the villagers that there's a wolf when there wasn't one. The villagers came but saw no wolf and got angry at the boy. He did it again and again until one time, there really was a wolf in the field, yet when he called for help, there's no one came.

What's the moral of this children story?

- Even if a liar telling the truth, there's no one that would believe in him.

What's the real-life lesson?

The boy that cried love is really suitable for everyone, not just only for kids, but also for teenagers and even adults. For children, lying might be just an act for hiding the mistake that they have done, so their parent won't get mad.

But sometimes, there's some case when someone's lying when there's no real reason to do so. Especially in a school when children have to adapt and fuse with their friends, sometimes they will lie about their self or even about others. Even if it's not totally a lie, but more like exaggerating a fact, it's still called a lie. It's like gossip, even though at first it's a fact, but after it relayed from one person to another person, it may turn into a complete lie.

By reading this story, I believe that a child can grow up into a person who's responsible for his/her mistake and can live without "wearing a mask"

The Giving Tree
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The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein | 1964 | Get this book

What's this children story about?

The Giving Tree tells a story about a man and a tree. When the man was still a young boy, he often played with the tree. But as he got older, he just came when he needed something from the tree. When the boy needed money, the tree gave her apples. When the man wanted a house, the tree gave her branches. When a man wanted to go on a journey, the tree gave her trunk for the boat. Now, the tree didn't have anything besides her trump, but it's okay because the man just needed a quiet place to rest. And the tree was happy.

What's the moral of the story?

- The sacrifice of a parent while raising their child.

What's the real-life lesson?

The Giving Tree is more complex than the usual children stories.The thing is, for every children book, they usually stated out the moral lesson of the story or give us a real-life lesson through the character's journey in pursuing a happy ending.

Even if the story ends with the happiness of the tree, there's no moral lesson that we could take from the story when the man is really selfish and the tree is too kind-heart.

Rather than sharing a moral value, I believe The Giving Tree just want to present the fact about how parent usually has to sacrifice for their child and even though, there's a time when the parent feel sad and lonely when their child grows up, they'll still happy when the child comes home even if it's just because they need something or get tired of the life.

What's the best children stories that you've read before?

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