In family literacy, we often talk about the importance of oral storytelling. One way to support this is to encourage parents to tell children the story of their birth. This not only encourages their language development, but also creates the bond that comes from sharing experiences and memories together. It can quickly become a family tradition with children asking, “Mommy, please tell me about when I was born again.”
As a twist on this, I called my mother today to wish her a Happy 71st Birthday and realized that I had heard stories about her childhood before but never the story of when she was born. So I asked her and we spent the next hour sharing this and many other stories about her time growing up. This rich history and memory sharing is so valuable to all of our families.
Have you talked to your mother about the story of her birth? I encourage you to do so. We made many memories today during our sharing!