Why families should tell TRAGIC stories to their children



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


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