An important part of storytelling
is an emphasis on telling stories within your family.
- strengthens family
- connects generations
- helps us remember
important events, emotions, and ideas
- fills a basic
"The story was the
bushman's most sacred possession. These people knew
what we do not; that without a story, you have not
got a nation, or culture, or civilization. Without a
story of your own to live, you haven't got a life of
Laurens Van Der
Studies are even showing that a
key feature to happy and healthy families is time made for
telling stories. The University of Kansas recently released a
study that listed the traits of happy families. According to
that study, storytelling was a key trait.
Storytelling within your family can take many forms. You can
tell traditional folktales or fairytales, make up your own
stories, tell stories from family long past, or tell stories
from your own life. Personal stories offer your children
important glimpses into your life and what is important to you.
So many people say they don’t have any stories. Story starts
from memory. Share important memories. It also involves paying
attention to your own life- to pay attention to the daily things
for the little moments that are worth sharing. Journals,
Personal Histories, Genealogy, and Scrapbooks all help us find
our own stories.
"To be a person
is to have a story to tell." - Isak Dinesen
an ancient and honorable act. An essential role to play in the
community or tribe. It's one that I embrace wholeheartedly and
have been fortunate enough to be rewarded for."