This was inspired by incidental learning as I received a “tell me more” response from my kids when I told them bits of my story. Here is the ninth most popular post from 2011:
Tell Your Story to Your Kids
“Let me tell you about when I was going to second grade.”
That’s what I said to my second-grader-to be the other day while we were in the kitchen together. Her eyebrows raised high as she said, “What did you do in second grade?”
At first, I was thrown off a bit by her excitement and the anticipation to hear my story. Then, I remembered when my mom or dad would tell me stories about their childhood how much I enjoyed hearing those.
In that very moment, as I began to share about second grade, I made the mental note: Tell YOUR story to your kids.
“My second grade teacher’s name was Mrs. Dimitricopolous. And she was a short lady.”
“Oh, my! What was her name??? I can’t even say that,” she replied.
“Mrs. Dimitricopolous. She was very nice. She taught us Math, Reading, Spelling and World Studies. I remember she would give us a state and we would have to name the capitol before we could leave school.”
“That must have been hard. Who was your friend?”
I replied, “Well… my friends were Josh, and Karl, and Aaron. I remember that we would always play sports together during recess. We really liked soccer and football.”
She had a few more questions and then we got to talk about what she was excited about in second grade and that was the extent of the conversation.
It was so good.
Here are four reasons why I believe it is important to share your story with your kids:
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