9 ideas to get kids excited about family history

Forget the facts and figures and tell stories instead. (Bonus: It might make children healthier.)

Some of Rachel Tinker’s favorite childhood memories were made at family gravesites. Her parents’ recollections of relatives she’d never met, along with stories told by her grandparents, helped her see where she came from.

Apparently, her kids want the same view. “Hey, Pawpaw, tell me an old story,” is a common request from 11-year-old Allen when he’s with Tinker’s dad. Through tales of his Huck Finn-like childhood adventures as well as tougher stories about lean times, Allen is learning about his family—and who he is.

“It shows the kids they come from surviving stock,” Tinker says. “They’re going to make it no matter what hardships life throws at them.”

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