Admittedly, I struggled with this post. Not because I don’t believe that it’s important to share family history with my kids, but it’s hard to put my finger on WHY.
In preparation for this post the following video kept coming to mind, so I dug it up to share with you.
If just the simple concept of the importance of family to kids can be so powerful (all for a food commercial, might I add), how powerful then can family be if you include generations of them? Generations of ancestors who came before, who sacrificed, who worked hard, who both succeeded and failed…generations of love and of hurt…generations of pressing on, and generations of families.
It's been my personal experience that Mulan isn't too far off.
Grab a pedigree chart and a set of dice. Gather the family or friends around and start rolling. For each number that you roll, add that many items to the pedigree chart. Sounds simple, but my husband and I, our two older kids, and my in-laws had a great time exploring our tree together. The first one to complete their full pedigree chart wins.Truth be told I couldn't pull the hubs and the grandpa away once they got going. They're the ones who usually pooh pooh it. ;)
The point is, try it. Try it with your kids. It doesn't need to be intricate or a well thought out approach--just start exploring your family tree and see how it feels. There are so many resources out there--go tap into just one. Then share your experience and help someone else to catch the same fire.
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