‘Many people don’t realize the extent to which stories influence our behavior and even shape our culture. Think about how Bible stories teach the fundamentals of religion and rules of conduct. Think of the fables and parables that molded your values. Think of how stories about your national, cultural or family history have shaped your attitudes about yourself and others. Stories are particularly effective in influencing the way our children think and behave, because they like to hear and read them over and over again. This repetition, combined with your children’s imaginations and the inestimable power of your presence, makes stories one of the best ways to influence their thinking.’

Lawrence Shapiro (1998) How to Raise a Child With a High EQ: A Parents’ Guide to Emotional Intelligence. New York: HarperCollins, p. 90