This worried me. I had heard, over and over again, that one of the best ways to ensure that your child loves to read is to read to them. I was operating under the premise that reading to babies affects their communication, language acquisition, social life, love of books, ability to succeed in school, etc., etc., and I felt that in this realm I was failing.
Now my oldest is a teenager. I wish I wouldn't have worried so much. She reads, she's a great student, communicates well, and -- surprise! -- loves to hear stories. Not necessarily from books (though that's great, too), but she loves when stories are told to her. For years she's asked, "Did this ever happen to you?" and "What was that like for you when you were my age?" Each night before bed she wants to talk, usually with my husband. They talk about their day, their lives, and their plans. You know: stories.
You love stories. I'm pretty sure. That's why you read blogs, right? Or books or magazines or facebook status updates. It's why you like television or movies. It's why you love music. You love stories, and I do, too.
Have you heard of the Story@Home Conference? It’s a conference which focuses on storytelling in all its forms: writing, journaling, genealogy, blogging, art, music, and old-fashioned telling your kids stories from your life. The conference is held in Salt Lake City, Utah, and this year has partnered with RootsTech and will be held March 21-23, 2013, at the Salt Palace.
Last year's Story@Home Conference was a lot of fun. I was able to co-present a session with Ken Craig on the topic, 'Blogging Your Faith.' The attendees were GREAT and the reception warm. This year I'll be presenting again, and my topic is '365 Days of Story Prompts' (and Ken will be presenting with his lovely wife Katie, and you DON'T want to miss the opportunity to hear from them, please trust me). Are you interested in going? Because I'm giving away a ticket.
The prize: Full-Conference Pass ($79 value) (note: food is not included in the pass, but there are several restaurants within walking distance of the conference)
Giveaway begins: Now
Giveaway ends: Friday, February 22nd, 2013, noon (Mountain Time).
To enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite story, or your favorite medium of story-telling. (For extra niceness, 'like' formerlyphread on facebook.)
Of course, if you just can't wait to see if you've won a ticket, you can always purchase one here.
Thanks for sharing your stories with me, and thanks for reading my stories here. Good luck! I hope you win.