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Our Children's Story Philosophy

Nurture the needs of the heart, soul, spirit and family…


Listening to audio stories is a way families can spend time together

Thank you!

First of all, I want to thank you for your interest in the One To Grow On! Series. I often wonder, as many of you do, why is it that as our children are becoming increasingly connected, they are being more disengaged? And as our communication and entertainment options grow, why are our children learning how to communicate less and less? Why do they prefer to text than to talk? These are concerns that cross parents’ minds every day.

Many of the values that children are formulating today are not providing them with the foundation necessary to become functioning, well-adjusted, responsible, independent adults. The kids do have a commonality in this quandary, and that is they are all plugged in. Unfortunately what they are plugged into is their MP3 player, cell phone, computer, or flat screen TV. And, for the most part, it is doing little to instill good values or promote activity and strong family bonds.

Playing and using the imagination are great ways for children to be entertained

By no means is the media and entertainment the entire problem. It’s merely a symptom. The problem is passivity. Our children are becoming armchair observers of life and are not exercising their own creativity and imagination.

Psychologist David Klimick of Ann Arbor, Michigan, a specialist in maturation, writes: “America’s youth have become literally attached to the TV, music and radio, and if you take them away, they go through more loss and despair than if you took away their parents”. He further offers “the ability to grow from passive to active is a major passage from childhood to adulthood.”

As our lifestyles change and more families have both parents working outside the home, it is more important than ever to reinforce and reestablish strong family ties. We must approach our child-rearing with a new and different spirit. We must create a family atmosphere that doesn’t center on passive activities such as watching videos, TV, and playing video games. I can’t overly stress the importance of building this kind of foundation, and it is never too early or too late to start.

Share these stories and your time with the children in your life.

So, thank you for choosing to share these stories with the children in your life. It is important – to our planet as a whole – that we work together to liberate ourselves from old habits that aren’t serving us to make way for the ideals and values which make us a family. We must look objectively at our cultural values and be willing to repair, to change our course, and nurture the needs of the heart, the soul, the spirit and the family.

As John Lennon’s song “Imagine” so aptly rings true for what we all wish, we can “imagine” a new age, but it isn’t going to happen on its own, and it isn’t going to happen if we don’t speak up. It won’t happen if we don’t change. It’s up to all of us. Just as we turn outward to repair and nourish the environment around us, we must also turn inward.

Trenna Daniells, Author, One To Grow On! Audio Stories for Kids  


Our Core Values & Ideals

From Coping Well to Growing Well...Grow the Imagination!

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Gilded Poppies
Mixed Media, 24 x 36"

“These stories are about teaching our children how to deal with life in the most positive and productive way possible, helping them to create their own very best life.”

– Trenna Daniells

Today the demands on our time and our children’s time are becoming even more intense. What happened to play time and time for the imagination? When do we have time to truly relate to our children, and when do they have time to work through the problems and challenges of growing up?

Children require guidance and sympathy
far more than instruction. 
– Annie Sullivan

All too often we tuck our little darlings in at bedtime and tell them to dream sweet dreams. Then we see a hint of sadness, a droopy lower lip or the look that says something isn’t right. Our hearts leap out and we want to make it better. But this isn’t a scraped knee. This is a hurt feeling, a damaged ego, guilt, fear or a repressed painful experience. Yes, we can help, but how can we help best?

Stories such as these can assist our children in talking and working through issues. Some events or situations might have hurt our children or scared them so much that they couldn’t imagine verbalizing it.

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.  – Stacia Tauscher

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By Dawn's Early Light, 48 x 48"

We must empower our children with the tools it takes to grow their self-esteem, with the courage to stay strong in their values when tempted to stray. We must give them the conviction to believe in their dreams when others let them down and to live life as a daring adventure. We must help our children understand that they are responsible for their behavior and actions. They do not need to succumb to being a victim. We must help them build the strength of character and courage they need to cope in our stress-filled world.


A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.
– Author Unknown

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Coconut Wind, French Dye Silk, 30 x 40"

Open a channel of communication through the wonder of story time, and it will empower your children with self-esteem, values, and ideals that will impart the tools they need to grow and thrive.

As parents, we feel we should know it all – everything about raising a happy, healthy, fulfilled child. The truth is that none of us knows it all. And we shouldn’t feel guilty or inadequate because of that. What we should realize though, is that there are creative, effective tools available to help us assist our children in learning about values, ideals, forming healthy relationships, responsibility, self-esteem, and the other life skills they need to solve their own problems. The inspiration for the One to Grow On Series came from the realization that people best remember ideas told in story form.

As a mother of a typical little boy, I found it nearly impossible to teach him or help him cope through lip service or example alone. He, like most kids, simply tuned out or ‘changed the channel’. As a seminar lecturer, I found that people best remember ideas told to them in story form. Why wouldn’t that approach work with my son?

Becoming responsible adults is no longer a matter of whether children hang up their pajamas or put dirty towels in the hamper, but whether they care about themselves and others.
–  Eda Leshan

Listening to audio stories is a way families can spend time together

I found that Boo the Dragon, a dearly loved and tattered puppet, did a much better job of getting my son to open up and talk about issues that were troubling him.

I began to make up stories that related to my child’s everyday struggles and tell them through Boo, my son’s dearly loved dragon puppet. Boo’s stories communicated ideas in a way that my son found fun. More importantly, he actually listened to them. Boo was also a great confidant, as my son began telling things to Boo that he had never told me! These stories have helped my son - and many other children - by opening up the communication channel and creating a bridge to reach both the child’s emotional and imaginative levels.

Sharing stories with your children

By sharing with your children stories in which characters survive and prosper while facing adversity or challenges, you’ll help your child understand that they will survive too.

Hopefully you’ll find these stories to be great tools for generating meaningful interaction with your child on difficult topics and for nurturing the development of their inner strength and character. Story time can give your child the hope and the strength not only to cope, but also to flourish and grow.


Core Values and Ideals at the Foundation of the “One to Grow On” Stories...


There's nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child. 
– Frank A. Clark

Love is the most important thing to give to a child


Number one is love. Children need to know that no matter what they do, it will not diminish our love for them. This doesn’t mean we must always love and approve of their every behavior, it means we always love their being. We can say NO to their behavior, while accepting, with love, their being. As parents, our love for our children is not dependent on them loving us back. We give our love freely with no expectation. Love provides a safe place for them to be anything they want to be without judgment, without the fear of love being withdrawn.

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Harbor at Elba Tuscany, 48 x 60"

High Self-Esteem

Children need to learn “self-love,” seeing their failures as small successes on the road to achievement. They also need to learn acceptance of themselves as being unique and different, with something special to offer the world. That is the foundation of self-esteem.
Children with low self-esteem make decisions based on wanting to be accepted.  Those with high self-esteem make decisions based on what the right thing is to do. This is a critical difference that will impact every aspect of your child’s life.

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Symphony in Wild, 20 x 29"

The Power of Imagination

It has been proven that those who are successful in life saw themselves achieving success in their minds long before they achieved it in reality. Encourage your child to let their imagination flow. Children who can imagine themselves as astronauts walking on the moon or as undersea explorers, great athletes, artists or musicians, or brave fire fighters who save people from burning buildings, are children whose minds are open to unlimited future possibilities.

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Tuscany Reflections, Acrylic, 24 x 36"

Accepting What Is

Learning to accept the things we have no power to change is a great lesson for all of us. To learn early in life to stop putting our energies toward the things we can do nothing about is a difficult feat. This simple concept is often a bitter struggle between parent and child. Relieving the tension this imposes would go a long way in reducing parent/child conflict. This is a life-long lesson and one that we all need to be reminded of early and often.

Giving Up Excuses and Blame – Taking Responsibility

When you blame someone or make excuses, you are looking to remove guilt or deflect responsibility from yourself. Blame and excuses serve no one. As parents we are great at teaching blame. When we hear the ear-splitting scream from the other room, our first words usually are, “Alright, who did what to whom?” or “Who started it?” Have you noticed how the fingers are always pointed at the other guy? We are asking our children whom to blame and they tell us what we want to know.

Tree Top Flyers French Dye Silk 32 x 50

Tree Top Flyers
French Dye Silk, 32 x 50"

Happiness Comes from Within

A great deal of freedom, contentment and tranquility become ours when we learn that we are our only source of happiness. The truth is that no one can make us mad, sad, or glad, unless we first give him or her permission. A child needs to know that TV, toys, his parents, and friends are not responsible for creating or supplying his happiness. Children who learn to find happiness within become much more independent, content adults.

Empower your children with self-esteem, values, and ideals that will help them cope.

One To Grow On Audio Stories for Children

If you are interested in Trenna Daniell’s art, please e-mail queries to Trenna using this link.




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