Zap the Grandma Gap Blog: Great reader idea about how to get the whole family telling stories
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Sharing Stories at the Christmas Table -- Great idea!
Zap the Grandma Gap: Stories
Patricia Burrow sent me this great email today. I couldn't wait to tell you about her idea. We've already scheduled a time to do this with my family this summer. We're going to do it at our traditional summer get together. But we may have to do it at other holidays too. Thanks for the great idea Patricia! Hello Janet, Love the Zap books. I wanted to tell you about a success we have had in our home. Several years ago someone told about how they had everyone write a "story" to be read at Christmas dinner. What a great idea!! My husband and I sent out letters to all of the children before Christmas to say that all we wanted for Christmas was a story. Two paragraphs to two pages, photo illustrations optional. And, the new rule is, no dessert until you read a story that you have written. The first year, only my husband and I read our stories (they got dessert anyway with a promise to do better the next year). The second year, half did the story and a few thought that they could get away with TELLING a story (nope! it has to be written). Third year EVERYONE had a story, most with photo illustrations. All were wonderful and everyone enjoyed it very much. Loads of laughs. Now, they all look forward to this "tradition". We learn more and more about our daughter-in-law and new son-in-law and they learn about us. The grandkids are hearing family history and our kids are hearing stories about their parents that they never knew or experienced in a younger time. After last week's Easter dinner our seven year old grandson said that he already had his story done for next year. I think he thought that we were doing stories for every holiday. He was a bit disappointed but knows he will be ready for December. I think we have him hooked. We have allowed the kids to make up stories until they are 12 years old at which time they have to write real stories. Stories could be about anything, about firsts (school day, riding a bike, tasting oysters, going to Disneyland, etc) or events (meeting your father, becoming a mother, graduation, coming home, etc.) or people (I remember grandpa, or my 3rd grade teacher, etc.). A friend tried this at their home and they loved it. Dad told a story about an activity he did with his son. His son disputed that story and told his own story the next year. It is now a family fun time to hear several sides to one story. I collect all of these stories and include them with the year's Christmas photos and Christmas cards in a scrapbook. I put five years worth of pics and stories into one scrapbook and put it out on the coffee table during the holidays. The book is seldom closed while there is family in the house. We are on our second scrapbook and the stories are read and reread every year. I hope that you get wide distribution of your books and that more families will bring the grandchildren into their stories. Thanks for you good work. - pb
Zap the Grandma Gap: Taking my daughter on a family history trip
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There is nothing like travel to engage your family with their family history. It can be near or far. A couple of weeks ago I got to take my daughter to the Southern California Genealogy Society Conference. We had a great time on the trip, but we also got to do a little family history. My mother grew up in Southern California and my Grandparents and Great Grandmother spent most of their lives there. So we decided to stop by some of the old places. We stopped by the beach. Mom and her sister on the left in the late 40s, Dad and I in the center in the 70s, My daughter on the right We rode the carousel at the Santa Monica Pier. Mom and her sister on the left in the 50s, My daughter and I on the right We stopped by the temple where Mom and Dad were married. Mom and Dad June 2, 1967, My daughter on the right And we stopped by the house where my Mom grew up. Mom and her sister on the left in the 50s, Grandpa and I in the center in the 70s, My daughter on the rightI was glad to see my Grandparent's house was being well taken care of now. It didn't look so good when it was for sale last year when we stopped by with my son. Next time we go to California, I'm going to see if I can recreate some of the old photos. We did this for my parents for Mother's Day and Father's Day. I've never laughed so hard in my life. My sister put them together into a video for each of them. It was a fun project that might work in your family too. Watch out though.. I've never felt so old in my life either. Time flies when you are having fun.
Taking my daughter on a family history trip
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Zap the Grandma Gap: Magnetic Family Tree Puzzle--An Easy Project To Do Together
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Zap the Grandma Gap: Names...They're Kind of a Big Deal
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My daughter and I have been working on some fun family history projects together. Hopefully you already saw the 4th of July decorating we did together. We've been working on some other YouTube videos to give you some activities that you can do with your children too. Take a look at how easy it is. Send me a picture if you try it ok?
Having an identity is a critical need in the human condition. We all want to know how we fit into the general scheme of this world. Exploring our names is a great place to start on our quest for personal understanding. Maybe you have the type of family that discusses this sort of thing openly, and often. But let's say you don't. What a fantastic conversation starter you have for the next family gathering you attend. Asking about names can be a pretty simple gateway into the world of family reminiscing and bonding. Maybe you've been feeling the friction with a tween or teen in your household. This can be a sign that your child is simply trying to figure out who they really are. More than likely, the internal clash of growing up and staying safe are throwing your child into the deep end of the pool without a life vest. As a parent, wouldn't you take any chance you could to casually slip a flotation device under your child? A casual conversation about how her name came to you could have the power to buoy her up on a day when treading water is just too hard. Maybe knowing that you found meaning and purpose behind a specific name will help him see that you really were invested in him long before he was placed in your arms. Who knows the possible effects a "This is how you got your name" conversation could have on your child, now or decades from now. Maybe you're reading this and thinking, "But you don't live with my family. That kind of conversation would never happen with my kids. I have no idea where to start!" Well, I have some help for you. First, have you told them how you picked out their first name? Start there. Then, beyond that, I have help for you in my book, Zap the Grandma Gap. It has an entire section devoted to learning about given names and surnames. The suggestions contained within a few pages throw a pretty powerful punch. There are too many resources to list here but some that I have in the book include a website resource for surname research and I also talk about discovering meanings, coats of arms, and tapping into family organizations to get the ball rolling. Can you imagine saying to a surly teen, "Do you want to see what I found online today? Our family crest! How cool is that?" Even the most grumpy kid can't help but get a little excited about a symbol devoted solely to defining their name. Am I right? Take the time this week to have a conversation with your family members about names. What they mean, how they came to be, and what you think about all of that. It will be one of your most meaningful experiences this week if you do. I can almost guarantee it.
Magnetic Family Tree Puzzle--An Easy Project To Do Together
Every family has a story that it tells itself, that it passes on to the children and grandchildren. The story grows over the years, mutates, some parts are sharpened, others dropped, and there is often debate about what really happened. But even with these different sides of the same story, there is still agreement that this is the family story. ~A.M. Homes
This is my tag line "Every family has a story" What I do is come to the truth of that story.
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We’re not preserving our stories for some unknown future date. These stories are for NOW. #photoorganizing #tellyourstory
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One simple thing you can do to make your family's history exponentially more powerful. Helping kids be a part of family history now. Knowing the times the family overcame difficulties. The comfort and assurance of belonging.
The Role YOU Can Play in Family History—Right Now
The Role YOU Can Play in Family History—Right Now, a lifestyle post from the blog simple as that, written by Rebecca Cooper on Bloglovin’
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The Role YOU Can Play in Family History—Right Now (simple as that)
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Family Tree Activity. Literature: "Me and My Family Tree" by Joan Sweeny. Common Core: Personal family stories and traditions support the understanding of heritage.(Heritage, PreK), This will help students lay out their families and create a class discussion about each child's different family history and heritage.
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Stories | The Moth lots of great story telling ideas
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Collect your family's stories. Make a small journal about a particular family member with their stories inside! Use a print of their photo on cover. It may spark interest from your kids as you work on it.
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Day 8: Here is another way to capture photos but also includes family stories. Collect your family's stories. Make a small journal about a particular family member with their stories inside. Use a print of their photo on cover.
Collect your family's stories. Make a small journal about a particular family member with their stories inside! Use a print of their photo on cover. Love this idea!
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Tell Your Family Story in 5 Steps with Meaningful Photo Books
If you've ever wanted to create meaningful family photo books, but don't quite know where to start, here are some simple tips to help you tell your family stories!
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Family history book idea. If you've ever wanted to create meaningful family photo books, but don't quite know where to start, here are some simple tips to help you tell your family stories!
If you've ever wanted to create meaningful family photo books, but don't quite know where to start, here are some simple tips to help you tell your family stories that I shared over at Simple As That! | www.suzanneobrienstudio.com
Creating family photo books is a great form of memory keeping. Take photos of memorabilia and it looks like a scrapbook.
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Tell Your Family Story in 5 Steps with Meaningful Photo Books - Simple tips for creating a beautiful family photo book!
The Root of All Things: 20 Questions
The process of telling your family story is just as important as knowing it. Good Housekeeping article: "The Root of All Things: 20 Questions"
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Family...The Root of All Things: 20 Questions; do you know your family history...20 questions to get the ball rolling
The Root of All Things: 20 Questions The questions an Emory University researcher asked children in a study to see if knowing family history predicted psychological well-being.
20 Questions - Family History Questions - Good Housekeeping. Family stories and memories shared ALOUD create a powerful bond w/the people you love, build resilience, and boost happiness.
Want to fill in the gaps in your own family history? Check out these questions
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To study how families pass on their history to succeeding generations, Emory University psychologists Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., and Marshall Duke, Ph.D., created a 20-question Do You Know (DYK) scale. Check out the questions.
Follow these steps to create a family history story to delight and inspire family members present and future.
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Penny Stratton, publishing director for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, believes we "pass the torch" to succeeding generations through recording our stories. By following these steps, you can create a family history story to delight and inspire family members present and future.
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Life Story Binder... so need to do this for each of my children. So smart! Has lots of other great organizing tips :-)
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"Life Binder:" One binder for each family member's important documents (Check out: online.wsj.com/ar... for the "25 Documents You Need") Need to do this!!! -- Yes another binder. I have file folders on everyone, but why in hell didnt i think to put them all in a binder when i was doing my other home binders?! So getting in this.. documents would be so much easier to find!
We have a family binder, but I'm thinking with how stuffed it is, breaking it down per person would be easier.--"Life Binder:" One binder for each family member's important documents (for the "25 Documents You Need") Need to do this
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"Life Binder:" One binder for each family member's important documents (for the "25 Documents You Need") Need to add this to our family binder!
"Life Binder" One binder for each family member's important documents (for the "25 Documents You Need") I already keep a family binder, but I need to do this! Great idea!
This sounds/ looks awesome!!! Can't wait to get started! I think this will be a great summer project "Life Binder:" One binder for each family member's important documents (for the "25 Documents You Need") What you will need to get started! 3-ring binder* sheet protectors (80-100) Life Story Binder suggestions list Return Address Labels (80 per sheet)
"Life Binder:" One binder for each family member's important documents (for the "25 Documents You Need") Need to do this! SUPPLY LIST: 3-ring binder* (2" ring size works well) sheet protectors (80-100) Life Story Binder suggestions list Return Address Labels
LIFE ORGANIZER: Binder for each kid to secure important documents- 25 documents you need
FamilySearch.org Redesign IncludesShareable Photo, Story Options
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FamilySearch new features allow beginners and experts to share, collaborate and add life to their family tree.
Family History is for young and old! Check out these new features at FamilySearch.org // I love using this website for researching my family #genealogy
New family search helps. I will need this!!!! FamilySearch.org Redesign IncludesShareable Photo, Story Options
Digital technologies have progressively made family history work easier and more accessible. A new version of FamilySe
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A #Mormon Newsroom infographic about the many new features of Family Search #lds #familyhistory Is there an app for it? Cool!
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It’s Story Time: Teacher Tested Ideas for Telling and Writing Stories
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Storytelling Secrets: Stories From Your Students
Everybody likes a good story, but just because a story has a beginning, middle and end does not make it good. By looking at some good stories and then teaching your students what elements co
Preserving Family Memories - How To Conduct A "Life Story Interview"
In this digital day and age it's never been easier to preserve family memories from one generation to the next. Here are some tips for a successful "Life Story Interview" and a list of questions to get you started.
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QUESTION IDEAS - Divided into 12 "chapters" or themes. Interesting way to divide things.
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