The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. Muriel Rukeyser
Our family stories have such power! The ways we share them can link us to the generations that came before us, the generations to come, and to our collective Jewish narrative. According to the research of Dr. Marshall Duke and Dr. Robyn Fivush, the more children know about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives and the higher their self-esteem. There are many ways to capture and share your family stories with grandchildren, children, and other family members. Begin your journey here.
The remarkable Israeli artist, Hanoch Piven, guides you and your family to create family portraits from objects found in and around your house. There are two rules: (1) None of the usual art project material (e.g., pipe cleaners) please! (2) Have fun!
Do you have keepsakes that tell the stories of different family members throughout the generations; for example, a needlepoint or an old siddur, photos, home movies, or group texts with photos and videos?
How can grandparents and parents help our children weather life’s inevitable setbacks? It turns out that the single most important thing you can do may be the simplest of all: share your family stories.