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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl...  (More)

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How I Met Your Father

Uploaded: Apr 5, 2014
Ever since my son was a few days old, I've been telling him stories about our I met his father, where he proposed, and who came to our wedding. Recently, I've also started telling him stories that have been passed down the generations...our favorites are from his great grandma. She recently wrote us a 15 page letter with memories from childhood Christmases and birthdays. What a fun letter to read out loud to my son.

Of course my son is too young to understand or remember these stories...but that's ok. He enjoys repeating words and names that most interest him and pointing to the smiling faces in the photos that I've posted on his wall. It's been a wonderful way for him to become more familiar with relatives that live too far away for us to visit as often as we would like.

As he grows up, I'm sure it will become more difficult to entertain him with these stories, but until then, I will continue to solidify these stories into my memory. That way I'm ready when he is all grown up and is (hopefully) interested in hearing them again.

How do you share family stories with your children? Did it get easier or harder as they grew up?
What is it worth to you?


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Posted by Mother of 4, a resident of Palo Verde School,
on Apr 5, 2014 at 4:29 pm

We have done similar things as we don't have much extended family living close to us.

It has also been important for us to make sure that we have at least one special photo of each child with each relative, particularly Great Grandparents as they may not be around long enough to be remembered well.

Another thing we have done is to make a large (or 2) family tree when your son is old enough to make sense of one. This seems to help clarify which cousins share the same grandparents, etc.

Our kids never seem very interested in stories when we tell them, but it always amazes us that they have been listening and do remember. Although quite often we have left out a basic piece of information which seems obvious to us and the gap causes much amusement when discovered by another route. A favorite toy turning up in a photo taken when they were not in the photo means that they must have been napping but somewhere nearby, and a restaurant they have heard mentioned in a story turns up to be quite nearby here rather than somewhere distant where they expected it to be, have provided lots of more good conversations with much laughter.

Keep up the good work.

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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Apr 5, 2014 at 7:11 pm

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Mother of 4- Thank you for sharing! I like the idea of making a family tree when my son gets older. It can be quite difficult to remember how exactly everyone is related. Great to hear that they are listening to these stories (even when they don't seem to be). Can't wait to learn what important info we are accidentally leaving out.

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Posted by Carmen, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Apr 6, 2014 at 2:18 pm

I make photobooks of our trips and special occasions in hopes of keeping our memories alive and being able to pass them along to my two daughters. I take many pictures of my girls with their grandparents and great grandparents so they will always "remember" them.

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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Apr 6, 2014 at 3:31 pm

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Carmen - Thanks for sharing! I also enjoy taking photos and scrapbooking. What a wonderful gift to pass along to your daughters.

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Posted by LJ, a resident of another community,
on Apr 12, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I have been thinking about the 15 pages from your grandmother. What a treasure! These days, with video and audio recording so readily available, we have many ways to record stories for that day in the future when the parents/grandparents are no longer able to tell us the stories themselves. We have a reel of old black and white silent 16 mm movies from the early 1930\'s that show my mother\'s parents in action. "Talkies" of those grandparents would have been even more exciting.

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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Apr 12, 2014 at 5:41 pm

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LJ - Thank you for sharing! Those silent movies sound remarkable. I need to keep that in mind this Easter when we have the relatives together. Making some videos with my son and his relatives would be great fun.

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