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Family Stories

An important part of storytelling is an emphasis on telling stories within your family.

Family storytelling:
  • strengthens family bonds
  • connects generations
  • helps us remember important events, emotions, and ideas
  • fills a basic emotional need.

"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 your own

Laurens Van Der Post

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

"Storytelling is 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."    --Russell Banks

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