Short Stories for kids on listening to elders

Short Story one - A little hardship is good for us

Kamal and Sharada lived in a hostel near Himachal Pradesh. The hostel was attached to a school which had earned a good name for bringing up kids focused not just on education but also other aspects of developed.. Kamal and Sharada both were good at their studies and good at sports also. But they had a big problem. Their physical training teacher Mr. Andrew was very strict. It seemed like he never spared any student even for a small mistake. The two kids were angry with the teacher. They always complained about the teacher to their parents.

One day Kamal’s grandfather visited them in their visiting hours. He said that he was there to make them understand something. He took them out for lunch to a resort. Sitting in the garden there, he asked both the kids to fetch a small sapling. As they were in the garden, they easily plucked a small sapling each and gave it to him. He asked then them to bring him a small plant. They could easily do it too. Then, he asked them to pluck a big bush. It was difficult, but somehow, they could manage to pluck that as well. He finally asked them to pluck a tree and bring it to him. They both laughed and said it was impossible to pluck a tree in bear hands.

The grandfather explained that the reason they could not pluck the tree was because it had taken years of hard work to root itself. It had withstood many hardships. It was the same case with the kids and the PE teacher. He was honing them so that they would grow up into strong individuals

Moral of the Story:  

A little bit of difficulty is actually a good way to bring discipline and development in children. Teachers and parents can both take the responsibility to do it


Short Story Two: Penny learns her lesson

Once upon a time in a forest lived a pigeon named Penny. She was charming and good but also very naughty. This worried her mother. Penny would never listen to her mother. She always did what she wanted to do.

One day, without telling her mother, she went flying deep into the woods. She was attracted towards a beautiful tree, where she decided to take rest. She sat on the tree and started to munch the fresh fruits on it. There were many birds living on that tree. When they came to her and asked about her where about, she did not answer them well. She was rude and arrogant. After filling her stomach full, she started to sing and dance with joy. An old owl who was also on the tree, warned her not to make loud noise as she could attract the predators.  But Penny, as usual did not care for the owl’s words. In a short while, a big eagle came from nowhere and started to chase her and eat her. Penny then realized her mistake. Luckily, the good old owl came to her rescue by giving her place to hide in her nest.

Penny, from then always listened to elders.

Parenting Takeaway: 

When we do not listen to our elders, we could face hurdles with more ease.

What is the common theme across both these short stories? These stories bring out the importance of listening to elders and respecting them. These short stories are meant to inculcate values in kids and also to build conversations . Please take a look at our  conversation builder Flashcards for more topics of discussion.


Smitha Prasad is a budding writer who writes articles and short stories for kids. She believes that childhood is the right age to inculcate the right values in kids. It helps them to develop into confident adults.  She designs and runs a kid’s magazine called A LITTLE MORE-An Engaging booklet, through which she tries to reach kids that helps kids stay away from screen, build conversations and build the right mindset in kids 

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