Your life before kids was a rich landscape of the experiences that made you YOU. Now that you have children, you can take this opportunity to remember and share the best parts of your own childhood.
Sharing your childhood memories with your children helps you plug in to the experience they are having now and connect through the things you have in common.
It also helps connect your family to the past. Your personal history is part of the history of your current family, and it is important to keep those threads to the past alive.
When you share your memories, fill them with details and emotions as if you were telling a fairy tale. You might use different voices for your family members or describe the location with fantastical words. Turn the memory into a story by giving it a beginning, middle, and end. Get into it, and share the magic of your childhood!
5 Stories From Your Childhood to Share With Your Kids
Your Favorite Family Vacation
It might be an epic trip to Disney World, a weekend of camping, or simply the Saturday you drove to the city to go to the big movie theater. Find a memory of the time you shared joy and connection with your family over an outing together, and share the tale with your children.
Ask your kids what kinds of things they like to do as a family. Ask them if they have ideas for excursions you could take now. You might look on the Internet at pictures of the kind of place that you went and look for pictures of places you might go together in the future.
Your First Day of School
Many of us remember a first day of school. Maybe it was a milestone, like your first day of high school. Or maybe it was a particular year where you really loved your new outfit or the special school supplies you got. Tell you child how you felt about going, what the school was like, what people you remember meeting, and any other details that stand out in your mind.
Ask questions about your child’s feelings about school. If you homeschool or unschool, think of special ways you can commemorate learning milestones.
Your Favorite Season
Some of your strongest childhood memories may be associated with a particular season of the year. Maybe it’s swimming in the summer, raking leaves in the fall, hot chocolate in the winter, or the rainy days of spring. Tell your child what your favorite season of the year was when you were a child. Build up a tale of all the things you did during that season. Imagine new things together that you can do right now. Ask about your child’s favorite season, and make plans to build new memories.
Tell a tale of your adventures with your childhood pet. If you never had a pet, perhaps you can remember a time when you found a turtle or rescued a baby bird. Or you could tell about a friend’s pet that you spent time with.
Share how your pet got their name, anything you remember about your pet’s antics, and how you felt when you were with your pet. Don’t be afraid to share the end of your pet’s life. Talk about your feelings and anything you did to memorialize your pet.
Your Passionate Hobby
You might tell about a sport you loved, an instrument you played, building model cars, or a collection you had. Talk about what inspired you to get into this hobby. Share your first successes and any disappointments you had. Talk about the kind of studying or practice you did.
Ask your child about their passions – anything they are currently interested in or something they may want to try.
Use storytelling your own history as a way to make a connection across time within your family. You could make sharing your histories part of your bedtime routine or your dinner conversation. Encourage your children to tell their own tales about their lives.
What other childhood memories can you share with your children?