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How to share personal stories with your children

Sharing stories together is a great way to spend time together as a family and get to know each other better.
Audience: Parents
Topics: Storytelling

Last updated: 11 June 2020

Modern life is busy, and sometimes it’s hard to find time to talk as a family. Sharing stories are a lovely way to bond as a family and get to know each other better. It’s fun to share experiences, and sometimes all you need is the right question to ask. By looking back through your life, you might even be able to share some of your hard-won wisdom.

The stories you share don't have to be action-packed or set in far off places - very few people have those kinds of stories! What makes a story interesting is how you felt about what happened - this gives your children a chance to get to know you. A story doesn’t need to be long - your children will probably ask questions that draw out lots of detail.

Getting started

Telling your story

Most people feel a bit nervous about sharing stories. Try to remember this isn’t a performance - you’re just sharing experiences together. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Remember, this doesn’t have to be a one-off, you could make it a regular event. Why not try having a family storytelling night every week?

Digital storytelling

You could also record your story to share with your community. You could record your story with a slideshow of photos. Below is a nice example, and you can read this guide on how to make a digital story.

Overcoming my Fears by Aimee Mason from Digital Stories from Scotland on Vimeo.

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