Want to understand their lives? Help your parents write their stories
The younger generations know very little or nothing about the life stories of their parents and grandparents. But whether you know their stories or not, the only way to truly get a clear picture of the lives they lived is to write their stories. With drastic changes in the way children grow up today, storytelling has minimized to alarming levels. That is the reason why it is important to find out detailed information on our parents’ lives and document the same for future generations to understand their roots. There are several effective methods of helping our parents and grandparents to write their stories. The following few are the most effective.
When our parents and grandparents continue to age, they enjoy telling their stories in gatherings with the family. If you want to assist them to document their memorable life events, taking notes from the stories they give can help in the compilation of story books or documentaries based on their lives.
Another method which is more specific to getting stories of your parents and grandparents written is conducting interviews. Interviews are very effective because they are structured and they target specific occurrences which may be more useful in delivering certain important lessons. For example, if you want to know how your parents and grandparents survived economically during their times, conducting interviews with specific questions in relation to the economy will give you a clear picture of their lives back then. The best thing about interviews is that you can literally get to know every aspect of life that your parents and grandparents went through. This valuable information can eventually be used to compile books such as autobiographies and even document the same information on visual platforms as documentaries.
Autobiographies have remained to be the best way for any person to learn about the lives of certain people around the world. The lives of many legendary people of political, social and spiritual realms have been documented in autobiographies. Writing autobiographies for your parents and grandparents will eventually help your children and grandchildren to understand their lineage and history. These stories will keep inspiring you and future generations to maintain certain values and change strategies where necessary to survive better and elevate your lives.
There are many reasons why it is important to help your parents and grandparents to write their stories but helping them to document them is the most important part. This way, you will understand their stories better and live with the memories of their lives forever. So go on and begin a life changing event of helping your parents write their stories.
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