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How the stories we tell about ourselves and others shape who we are
Robyn Fivush Ph.D.
I don’t know what the future will bring. But this I do know: If the world is in the hands of today’s students, I am optimistic.
What do family stories have to do with keeping safe today and tomorrow? You might be surprised.
Storytelling is an important and meaningful family tradition, especially around the holidays. How do we tell stories that matter?
If your children only knew one or two stories about your life, what stories would you want those to be and why?
When parents post about their children on social media, they create a narrative identity for their child. But whose identity is it?
Exploring how identities are created and understood through family storytelling.
As we each mark transitions, both academic and personal, the power of stories to create communities and empower students is more important than ever
Remembering our loved ones through stories helps us heal and bonds our families and friends together in times of grief.
Adolescents who know stories about their parents’ teenage difficulties and challenges show higher self-esteem and resilience.
Open and validating conversations about disputed family experiences can be an important part of the healing process.
A "booster shot" of self-affirmation at the start of the academic year can have amazing effects on student accomplishment.
This Mother’s Day, honor all your mothers by asking for their stories. Asking for their stories is your gift to them; sharing their stories is their gift to you.
Marcus Garvey said “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
Family stories bind us together and define who we are as a family. Whether you are 7 or 70, it is never too early or too late to start sharing family stories.
Through storytelling, we better understand the human experience, learn what is important and valuable in our lives
Collective family storytelling helps parents and adolescents learn about each other and themselves
Christmas can be a difficult time for those who have served. Sharing their stories is a way to honor their sacrifice.
Family stories bring families together, and really, isn’t that what we all hope to be thankful for?
"Do You Know...?" questions are one way to tell family stories and begin a tradition of sharing more.
Everyone in the family shares in the telling, but mothers provide the glue that pieces what everyone else remembers into a coherent story that creates a shared history.
Our ancestors told stories around the evening fire. It was important then and it is still important now.
Stories emerge naturally around the dinner table. Here are a few tips to maximize their impact on your children.
Families that eat dinner together have adolescents who do better, and family storytelling is part of the reason why.
Get your DNA tested for fun. But make sure you listen to the family stories that truly define your identity.
By inviting, validating, helping and supporting your child to construct coherent narratives, you teach skills for regulating emotions and building resilience.
The American women Olympic gymnasts are not simply amazing athletes; their stories are inspiring reminders of how struggling through challenge empowers us all.
Robyn Fivush, Ph.D. is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Developmental Psychology at Emory University and the director of the Family Narratives Lab.