Tell Your Story
Parents…tell the stories of your lives. You see, our kids want to know who they are, and one of the best ways they learn who they are is to understand who you are. Through you, they learn about their heritage and where they come from. What are your stories? I remember one day my brother was visiting us. He and I were very close growing up, and went to the same school, so we always knew each other’s stories. While he was in town, he told a story about me…I had heard it a hundred times and knew the punch line and exactly where he was going. So, many of us were gathered around listening to this story about me, and when he got to the punch line, we all laughed. It was then that I heard a laugh from down the hall. Nathan, who was seven at the time, had not only heard the story, he had hung on to every word. I realized that our children LOVE to hear stories about us.
We have learned, as parents, to tell stories about our lives to illustrate the values that we want our children to know, or possibly the mistakes we want them to avoid. So, we use stories to talk about character issues, values, honor, and respect. We have found the principles that we believe so deeply, and so deeply want to pass on to our kids, are most impactful through the stories we tell them. So many parents and grandparents we talk to tell us the stories of the greatest impact of their lives. Whether the story be about somebody they love, somebody that poured into them, or an illustration of life, we remember stories forever. So parents, we encourage you to tell stories of your life.