As a child, I always enjoyed reading Aesop’s fables, but always wondered who Aesop was. Is he a real person? It is said he was born a slave around 620 BC in Greece or Ethiopia. He was a gifted storyteller and each story had a valuable lesson. These fables were passed down from parents to children for hundreds of years and eventually were recorded in written form.
These stories are short and simple and teach both young and old valuable life lessons.
Top 10 Favorite Aesop’s Fables “Parenting” Life Lessons (in no particular order):
1- Finish your work before you play. (The Kid and the Wolf)
2- Slow and steady wins the race. (The Tortoise and the Hare)
3- Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched. (The Milkmaid and her Pail)
4 – Misfortune is the test of true friendship. (The Two Travelers and the Bear)
5 – Once a wolf, always a wolf. (The Helpful Wolf)
6 – It is of no use to read the stars if you can’t see what’s right here on earth. (The Astrologer)
7 – Heaven helps those who help themselves. (Hercules and the Farmer)
8- There is a time for work and a time for play. (The Ants and the Grasshopper)
9- Self-help is the best help. (The Lark and Her Young Ones)
10- You are judged by the company you keep. (The Farmer and the Stork)
I use these life lessons for parenting all the time. It is any easy way to teach a lesson to both kids and adults alike.