These two submissions seemed to go together:
by Honolulu Mother
According to this Psychology Today blog post,
C]hildren and adolescents who know more of their family stories show higher well-being on multiple measures, including higher self-esteem, higher academic competence, higher social competence, and fewer behavior problems.
It goes on to offer a set of 20 questions that can serve as a starting point for telling family stories.
My kids like to hear family stories, though I don’t think they could answer all those questions. I specialize in telling embarrassing stories about my siblings, although some about me may slip in from time to time.
Do you share family stories? Have you created some of your own that your kids might pass on to their own families?
Our Parents’ Stories
The link to the article about cliques in nursing homes made me very sad. So much going on under the surface there. Made me think of a topic suggestion: what have you learned about your parents that surprised you? Young kids and adult children think they know their parents, but often have little idea of their parents younger lives, or even how interesting their lives are when kids leave home.