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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tuesday’s Toolbox

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Try tucking your family album into your toolbox this week. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to share family memories, and I haven’t met a child yet who didn’t love to hear all about his own personal history: the story of the day he was born, his first words, how he dialed 911 when he was 9-months-old and his naive mama let him play with the phone in his playpen while she was taking a shower.

But beyond that, he’ll want to know about your history, Daddy’s history, the Grands history…do you see where I’m going with this? In addition to building a robust oral tradition in your family (something we could all use more of) and helping your children to become great story-tellers in their own right (what better way to learn language arts than by using the language through the creation of stories), you’ll be exploring history together. Suddenly talking about WWII doesn’t seem so distant when Great-Grandpa was flying in bombers during the war---you’ve given your child a connection to the past and have made him realize it’s a part of him.

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This post has also been linked to Work's for Me Wednesday.


  1. I suppose it all boils down to hanging out and chatting with each other. That's hard when extended families live far apart, but it is so worthwhile for many reasons. Thanks for the tip.

    Annie Kate

  2. Hi, I'm with the frederick torch group and traveling this year, but Julie said I should look you up. I am also a writer, I've posted my blog on the links. Would love to chat with you!
    Happy New Year, Michele


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