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Dad is gone and Mom is still sick.

 

Dad is traveling for his business this week.  Mom is still not feeling well after two weeks of being sick and Dad even seems concerned.  Before he left on his trip he got us three kids all together and asked us to help Mom and be extra kind to each other.  Sometimes my brother and I fight with each other.  I guess it’s just what boys do, but it really gets on Mom’s nerves.   My sister Becky gets very upset when we’re going at it.  Maybe we need to begin acting as brothers and good friends and not as enemies.  After all, we really do like each other.  We promised Dad that we would be helpful to Mom while he’s traveling this week.  I wish he didn’t have to leave.  I miss him when he has to go out of town.  I guess I need to start really praying for Mom to get better.  I did two weeks ago but forgot to pray for her last week. When she is not feeling well our house does not run right.

 

“When I was just about your age…”

Telling stories with meaning as a parent are quite easy. You need to OBSERVE, LISTEN, RELATE, RECALL, and CONCLUDE.  Here is what I did as a parent when telling stories to my two girls:

  • Observed what my child was dealing with that day.  This was foundational for using my experience to create a story.
  • Listened to what my child was expressing. My kids told me what they needed to hear.  Yours will, too.
  • Related to my child’s situation by saying, “Once, when I was about your age, I had a similar experience…”.  This began my story from my life.
  • Recalled with details, which helped my story come to life.  Painting a vivid word picture, using mood, colors, time of year, weather, smells, circumstances, other people who were involved, etc. helped make the story real. Details transformed my story into a life-learning adventure.
  • Concluded by summing up what I learned.

Connect the lesson you learned to their experience.   Don’t be surprised if your child says to you a few days later, “Tell me that story again about when you were a kid….”

A really good time with Dad.

Well, I went camping and decided it was not a good idea to take Andy.  Boy, am I glad! There was a big anthill not far from our camp site.  My friend, Fred, doesn’t like insects at all.  He freaked out and made a real mess of the anthill.  Ants went crazy, and some of them got into Fred’s socks and bit him.  I’m sure glad Andy didn’t have to witness this!  It would have stressed him out!

The camping trip was really great.  Dad and I spent a lot of time together doing stuff we like to do.   We hiked, swam in the lake (but it was cold), and at night ate s’mores that we made over the campfire.  There was a good speaker that told stories and applied the stories to us kids.  For once someone talked to us as kids and not as adults.  After breakfast, he told us about how God is interested in the big things and the tiny things.   I thought of Andy!   I’m going to tell Andy all about what Dad and I did together, but not about what Fred did to the anthill.

 

 

 

Turn your Life experience into Adventure Stories!

Your life may seem mundane to you but to your child your life stories can be unforgettable memories for your child.  Your stories can teach and transform the thinking of your child.  Keep the story simple.  Make the situation an adventure. Close the story with a lesson learned.  The Adventures of Andy Ant started as adventures to help my oldest daughter learn a life lesson.  You may not feel you have anything to share but a simple experience can turn into a transforming lesson for your child.

Overnight camping!

 

This coming weekend I get to go on an overnight camp-out with other boys and their dads from our church.  We’re going to set up tents by a lake and cook our food on an open fire.  Andy’s begging me to go along, but I’m not sure how the other boys would react if they knew an ant had joined the camping overnight.  I’ve seen some boys squash ants for no reason at all, and I know Andy wouldn’t like that!  Andy said his Uncle Andrew could go camping with him.  I will have to think about this.  Many people don’t like ants.  They don’t realize how much you can learn from the littlest of things.