Guest Posts: Family Stories and Book Excerpts

I’m trading my usual Wednesday post for a Tuesday post to let you know about a couple of guest posts I have out there in the blogosphere right now.

First off, at Simple Kids I’m writing about the importance of sharing family stories — from the mundane to the miraculous — and the effect it has on building identity and self esteem in children.  Here’s a taste:

I remember the first time I really became personally interested in the stories of my ancestors.  I was a newly minted teenager when a family friend pointed out how much I resembled my great grandmother.  She was referring to a picture I had seen on a shelf my whole life.  I had noticed her, and probably even been interested from time to time, but it wasn’t until after that comment that I suddenly became interested in her as a part of myself.  From that moment on I didn’t just look at her picture, I looked for myself there. Her long, dark hair, the shape of her lips, the outline of her face.  It was suddenly not about features, but about connections.

My great -grandmother died when my grandpa was just a toddler, so my family didn’t have much in the way of memories to rely on, but what we did have were her stories.  These were handed down verbally through the family, and also recorded in a journal that she kept.  And just as with her picture, I began to look for myself in her stories as well……

Get the whole post here.

Also, at Beneath the Rowan Tree I’m sharing an excerpt from my ebook Parenting with Positive Guidance: Building Discipline from the Inside Out.  In addition to the excerpt, Lori’s offering a discount code for her readers to pick up the ebook, so you might want to scoot over there and check it out!

I’ll be back on Friday with the First Friday Q&A vlog.  LeAnn sent in a great question about responding to weapon play, and I’ll also be sharing one of my favorite time management tools for kids (along with a giveaway).   So don’t miss out!

Top photo from personal collection.  Please do not reuse.



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