What is your family culture? In other words, what are the attitudes, values, and habits that influence the day-to-day living you and your people do?
At our house, family culture is centered around the idea that each of our lives is a story of which God is the author.
We want our kids to learn that good stories – those worth telling and retelling – are filled with drama. The good and the bad. The easy and the hard. And when life doesn’t go the way they hope, we want our children to learn to say “plot twist!” (as a meme I recently saw on Facebook encourages) and eagerly anticipate what God’s writing next.
Because of this, we place high value on the art of storytelling, whether in written, visual, or auditory form. We encourage our kids to read books, watch movies, attend live theater, and listen to audio dramas.
How do we make sure, though, that our kids are actively engaging these stories rather than passively consuming them? Here are three ways.
1. We introduce them to the same story told in different ways
If Roald Dahl wrote it, our eight-year-old daughter will read it. She loves the quirky, off-kilter tales of boys named Charlie who find golden tickets in their candy bars, fabulous foxes who dress like humans and are addressed as “Mr.,” and five-year-old little girl geniuses who rid their school of chokey.
After she reads each book, we help her better engage these already lively tales by introducing her to them told in additional ways.