Parents must teach children to ask for forgiveness when we have done something wrong. In addition to using our example to make them understand the importance of a 'sorry' in time, this children's story about jealousy and envy titled 'The hare and the envious rabbit'can also help you make them reflect when we don't do things right.
In that forest everyone knew that the hare was the fastest animal. Every morning before the sun came up the hare ran and ran down the narrow paths training every day. When the others woke up, he had already covered miles and miles without anyone knowing. Only the owl, every dawn, saw the hare run, but said nothing.
One day, a rabbit with a reputation for being envious, stood in front of the hare and said in front of everyone:
- It is easy to be the fastest when nature gives you that gift.
The hare heard the rabbit, but said nothing.
The next day the rabbit said again:
- Make way for the hare that runs like lightning! - And at the same time, mocking her, he made a face when he passed her.
Every day, the hare listened and endured their teasing without saying anything.
One afternoon the envious rabbit went to visit its parents in a nearby burrow, and on the way it got dark. Suddenly the unmistakable smell of fire came to him, and immediately he was engulfed in flames and thick smoke. He started coughing choking and couldn't see anything in the smoke.
The owl from the top of a tree howled immediately alerting the animals:
- Fire, fire, fire! - and they all fled from there.
The hare ran towards the fire and, endangering his life, he got into the flames and was saving the animals that were in the fire. Among them were the envious rabbit and its parents.
In no time, thanks to the owl and the hare, many animals had been saved from the terrifying fire.
The envious rabbit lowered his ears and very sadly said in front of everyone:
- Forgive me hare.
And then, it was when the rabbit discovered what everyone already knew; the hare, besides being the fastest, was brave and generous.
The hare kept running, running, running, before the sun came up.
The owl, never told in the forest, that the hare besides being fast, brave and generous had a will of iron.
We hope you liked this story about the free woman and the rabbit very much! Surely yes! Once you finish reading it, you can propose some reading comprehension activities to your child to check if he has understood the story and if the final message has reached him.
1. The game of questions
- What did the hare do every morning?
- What did the rabbit say to make fun of her?
- What happened so that the rabbit was in a very dangerous situation?
- What did the hare do to help him?
2. Let's draw it!
In addition to checking children's memory and concentration with these exercises, we can also put other skills into practice. You dare? Throughout the story various animals appear. Tell your child to name them and ask him to draw a picture of each one. Another option is to make a craft out of recycling supplies, like toilet paper rolls.
3. To be continued ...
Now let's work on the imagination a bit! What do you think the second part of this story would be like? Would the rabbit ever do any of his own again? Would the hare still go for a run every day? What new things will Lord Owl's eyes witness? Ask your child to translate it into a second story written by himself.
Jealousy is an emotion that occurs in the child for fear of losing something (when a baby brother is born and the child is 'dethroned' or when the little one is more attached to the mother and sees his father as a rival) and that is often accompanied in many cases by envy.
The most immediate consequence is our son's dissatisfied behavior and a constant desire to do things to get attention at any cost (he can become ill or make him vomit).
Regressions can also occur (the child pees again), changes in language development (begins to stutter), refusal to eat (refuses to eat or does it compulsively) and sleep changes (insomnia or difficulty for sleeping).
On other occasions (the most severe), as explained by the Andalusian Teaching Federation in its report 'Jealousy in the childhood stage', children adopt challenging behaviors towards parents, relatives and teachers, look down on classmates, isolate themselves socially, show exaggerated signs of affection ...
What can parents do at home to avoid reaching this extreme situation or to control it?
- Prevent and anticipate these situations, for example, avoid comparisons with his brother, if the reason is that.
- Strengthen the child's confidence through praise when you do something right.
- Encourage family communication and create a space for the child to express their emotions.
- Encourage play between siblings and with parents. In this way, cooperation and solidarity will be worked on.
- Modify behaviors. Correct without yelling when the child is not behaving well and recognize what he does well.
If the story of 'The swift hare and the envious rabbit'It has had an effect on your son and something inside him has moved, it would not hurt if you read these other stories that deal with the same theme! It will be an educational and fun way to work on these basic emotions in childhood.
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