Summer Time, Story Time
Its summer, it’s hot, the nights are long and it’s the perfect time to tell stories.
You as a dad need to get the family to slow down a bit this summer, sit the family around a camp fire, a barbecue or an air conditioner if it’s really hot outside and to tell stories about your family.
I truly believe in sharing family stories and through the telling of those stories cementing family bonds and traditions.
Your kids all need to know and understand their part in this evolving story we call family.
Here are some story ideas that you have probably already shared, yet haven’t talked about for a while and need to again.
The kids might complain but they really do like to hear about the life and family they have been born in to.
Your Love Story:
Do your children know how you met your spouse and how you fell in love?
Have you talked about your wedding?
Have you talked about what attracted you to your spouse and how you have kept your love alive until now?
This story is important to your family. It establishes your views on love and models what they can expect in their own search for companionship.
The love you have for your spouse is a first glimpse your kids have of the love God has for them.
Get out the wedding pictures and share your love. Tell the funny, crazy things that happened on your special day. There is always something funny that happens at wedding.
Especially share the feelings you had and have remembering when you saw their mom, your wife walk down the aisle into your arms that wedding day.
Your Family Stories:
You need to share your family history with your children.
They need to be proud of the heritage that has been handed down through the generations.
They need to know who else has freckles in the family and where their big ears came from.
They need to know about the accomplishments people in the family have made. Children need to have pride in their family history.
If you don’t know the stories do some research, make it a family project.
Kids today need to be connected to their culture, family and their place in the family story.
Your children will probably object but you need to tell their story. The story of their birth, how you chose their name and what it was like to have them enter into your world.
Your Faith Story:
Most important stories you need to share are the stories of your journey with God.
Your children need to know why you are a Christian.
They need to know the choices you made to come to a belief in God’s saving grace.
Your kids need to know the faith they share with the generations that have gone on before you.
So, it’s summer time and this summer take time sharing your family’s stories.
Frank Walker is a marriage counselor on California’s central coast. Check out his blog at: walkertherapy.wordpress.com
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