063: How family storytelling can help you to develop closer relationships and overcome struggles
Published May 7, 2018
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    "How much can there really be to learn about storytelling?" I thought when I started on this mini-series.

    It turns out that there's actually quite a lot to learn, and that family storytelling can be a particularly useful tool for parents.  We're all trying to figure out how to transmit our values to our children, and storytelling can be quite an effective way of doing this.  Further, storytelling can be a really valuable way to support children in overcoming traumatic experiences.  In this episode we dig into the research on the benefits of family storytelling and look at how to do it.


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