Christmas Opportunity- Do You Know Your Family Story?
Do You Know Your Family Story?
Over the last few weeks at the Stories for the Soul office we have been busy bid writing for an inter-generational project. It’s given us the chance to explore the importance of knowing our family stories. There are many benefits to knowing your family history. Rich Venezia’s Ted X talk raises interesting points. He says that we learn empathy, humility, forgiveness and compassion from understanding our family story. Also, that we gain an understand of knowing where we fit in history, and what has happened to get us here.
Questions to help you to think through your story this Christmas time.
1. Do you know how your parents met?
2. Do you know where your mother grew up?
3. Do you know where your father grew up?
4. Do you know where some of your grandparents grew up?
5. Do you know where some of your grandparents met?
6. Do you know where your parents were married?
7. Do you know what went on when you were being born?
8. Do you know the source of your name?
9. Do you know some things about what happened when your brothers or sisters were being born?
10. Do you know which person in your family you look most like?
11. Do you know which person in the family you act most like?
12. Do you know some of the illnesses and injuries that your parents experienced when they were younger?
13. Do you know some of the lessons that your parents learned from good or bad experiences?
14. Do you know some things that happened to your mom or dad when they were in school?
15. Do you know the national background of your family (such as English, German, Russian, etc)?
16. Do you know some of the jobs that your parents had when they were young?
17. Do you know some awards that your parents received when they were young?
18. Do you know the names of the schools that your mom went to?
19. Do you know the names of the schools that your dad went to?
20. Do you know about a relative whose face "froze" in a grumpy position because he or she did not smile enough?
So as you sit down for your Christmas pud, make sure you take the opportunity to fill in the gaps by asking these questions.
We wish you all a blessed Christmas and a fabulous New Year!
Questions Source: Duke, M.P., Lazarus, A., & Fivush, R. (2008). Knowledge of family history as a clinically useful index of psychological well-being and prognosis: A brief report. Psychotherapy Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 45, 268-272.