Before the written word, communities would use storytelling to pass down lessons and family stories between generations. As the written word evolved, books became a main source for communicating stories.

As we step into November, a time known most for coming together with the family, let’s work on building family bonds with traditional storytelling. Studies have shown “that children who have a strong sense of their family history have higher self-esteem”. So, break out the old high school books, find the tucked away family pictures and videos to inspire the storytelling. Ask older relatives to share about their childhood and memories from when you were younger.

It is truly incredible the things you can learn about yourself, your families’ past and your relatives when you take some time to open up and talk with one another.