In every culture that anthropologists have ever studied, people tell stories. Families most frequently tell stories around vacations, family reunions and the more children know about their family history, the healthier and more resilient they become. My grandfather was a great storyteller who used ‘parables’, when I was a child, to offer a life lesson without giving a lecture. Very effective they were, indeed!

Proposed by Journalist Christopher Booker, there are 7 basic plots that most often characterize these stories. They are:

  1. The Quest
  2. Voyage and Return
  3. Rags to Riches
  4. Tragedy
  5. Comedy
  6. Rebirth, and
  7. Overcoming the Monster

Read more here: Column: Why you should tell your kids tragic stories this holiday season


Published by JaDonnia B.

An education and counseling professional, I focus my expertise on diversity, inclusion and family engagement/empowerment Of particular importance is the partnership between parents and the community schools that serve their children. Highlighting strategies, tips and evidence-based best practices for family engagement, my aim is to alter mindsets, broaden perspectives, foster empathy, and build capacity. Offering 'food for thought' and inviting discussion, I also tell truths rarely explored. A holistic culturally-responsive approach to teaching, learning and engaging others begins with respect. I promote respect and fully integrating curricular diversity in formal learning settings! Collaboration with families is necessary, because parents hold the master key that unlocks doors to child health and wellness, academic achievement, and believe it or not, teacher excellence and stronger school communities.

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