Family storytelling

Family storytelling

Family storytelling

Date posted: September 20, 2013

Tell me a fact and I’ll learn.
Tell me a truth and I’ll believe.
But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.

This Native American proverb reminds us of the power of stories.

Small stories told in everyday conversations can be as beneficial for children’s development as reading books. Both listening to stories and telling stories contribute to a variety of skills.

Tell Me a Story: sharing stories to enrich your child’s world by Elaine Reese (2013) explains how family storytelling is an important way to support children’s language, emotional development, coping skills, self-concept, and sense of belonging. Based on longitudinal research, this book offers parents practical tips that work at different ages, from toddlers to teens, to maximize the benefits of oral communication around personal experiences and family history.

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The Stories that Bind Us
is an article from the New York Times on how a strong family narrative helps a child develop their identity and resilience.

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