Parent skills
You are looking at: Home : Parent skills

How to encourage your child's interest in the family tree

From heirlooms to ancestry, spark your child’s interest in your clan’s history




 1 of 1 

Turn back the clock sixty or seventy years and the world was a very different place. Boys sported short trousers right up until early adolescence, mothers went out shopping with wicker baskets on their arms, and there were far fewer cars on the streets. The contrast between the childhood world of your parents and that of your own child is astonishing, and no doubt your parents have some fascinating tales to tell. Such tales are not only fascinating, but precious, too. No one else knows such personal information about your family – the places where they were born, the exciting adventures (and misadventures) they had. And, while it’s sad to think about it, once someone in your family dies, that knowledge is gone forever. Unless, of course, it’s passed on to the next generation…

When it comes to sitting still and listening, however, children’s attention span can flag. A good way to engage their interest is to give them objects to look at and handle. “Children respond well to things that they can see and touch, and it can get the dialogue going,” says Tessa Dunlop, a presenter at the Who Do You Think You Are? exhibition. “I remember admiring my grandmother’s old bagatelle set – a parlour game similar to billiards. It sparked all sorts of conversations about how children kept themselves amused before the days of television.” Passing down heirloom objects, such as a precious doll or fob watch, can also be a nice way to forge links between the generations. And as a fun and visual exercise, you could help your child draw out your family tree, adding in names, photographs and drawings for different family members.

Read more...

Useful links:

www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com

www.bbc.co.uk/familyhistory

www.ancestry.co.uk

This article previously appeared in Junior magazine as a print article


Previous article
How to inspire a love of gardening in children
Next article
What are the benefits of having a family pet?


Things parents want to know, information, insight, parenting, family, life, health, wellbeing, psychology, child development, fashion, travel, family life, education, seasonal, celebration, kids, baby, knowledge, need to know, family time, activities, family tree, history
TwitterStumbleUponFacebookDiggRedditGoogle

Discuss this story

Another effective way to deal with assignment writer spurring your youngster is to utilize some kind of unmistakable record of accomplishment.

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 10:34

We’ve been providing assignment help for many years now and we are proud of what we do.
Receive help in your assignment writing from legal company based in UK
Assignment Help

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 08:00

I can say this is the perfect blog for everybody who aussiessay.com review read and post here everyday. I dont know why I always visit here maybe its so nice to read here a interesting topics all day. So ill be back more to check more updates and new comments.

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 10:06

All students of Karnataka secondary examination kseeb.kar.nic.in can now check their results with utmost convenience and quickness from here.

Posted: 22/12/2016 at 06:32

office 365 support number +1-800-826-8068 is for fixed the all technical issues regarding outlook.

Posted: 08/02/2017 at 22:05

See more comments...
Talkback: How to encourage your child's interest in the family tree

First Name:
Last Name:
Email:
Security Image:
Enter the code shown:

I agree to the site's Terms and Conditions & Code of Conduct: