Family Stories

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.

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How to Make a Family Portrait with Hanoch Piven

The remarkable Israeli artist, Hanoch Piven, guides you and your family to create family portraits from objects found in and around your house: bottle tops, buttons, stickers, old small toys, combs, hairpins, feathers, old computer parts, leaves, branches, and pebbles from the garden. There are…

Jewish Family Journey Mad Libs

From the wise men of Chelm to the marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the Jewish people have always been able to reflect on the Jewish experience with laughter. We are pleased to present these Jewish Family Journey Mad Libs as a way for grandparents and family members…

Tell Family Stories Your Way!

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” —  J.K. Rowling Sharing your family stories links past generations with future ones. Here are four options to record and save your family stories.   1. Pop-up Stories: The Jewish Grandparents Network invites…

Tips for Telling Great Family Stories

We all have wonderful and meaningful family stories to tell. Susan Stone, a gifted professional storyteller, shares her secrets for bringing family stories to life. We learn from the research of Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush that knowing family stories enhances children’s emotional well-being. Watch…

Zayde’s Hugs and Bubbie’s Cookies

In this brief video, Ron Wolfson, renowned author, Jewish educator, and member of the Jewish Grandparents Network Board of Directors, shares memories of his Zayde and Bubbie. Ron’s charming family stories can be found in his lovely book, The Best Boy in the United States…

Why Sharing Family Stories is Good for Your Grandchildren

“And you shall tell your child…”                      —Exodus 13:8 There is a compelling reason to share our family stories. In the 1990s, Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush, psychologists at Emory University, sought to test the hypothesis…

Stronger, More Resilient Children Through Family Stories

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. Listen to this brief audio recording of Dr. Marshall Duke discussing…