Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Power of Story (GIVEAWAY)

When my oldest was born I was so excited to read to her. I read stories to her and we played with books. That is, until she was old enough to express how she felt about it. And the way she expressed her feelings was by closing the book we were reading. She was not interested. Not at all. She wouldn't sit on my lap for a story. I tried sitting on the other side of the room as she played, and I would just read out loud to her; she would walk over to me, close the book, take it from me, and chuck it across the floor. She did not want me to read to her.

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.



Aimee@The Stylish Nest said...

Here's a fun story from my childhood (one my parents love to repeat, and I love to hear because it makes me laugh). One day I asked my parents if whores were called whores because they were always horizontal. I was 5 years old at the time. Where on earth did my 5 year old brain come up with that?! :)

Yvette said...

My mom told me the following story about her father as a young adult. He was studying to be a monk. One day he had enough. He went out, alone, into the middle of the garden, removed all his robes and walked out of the monastery.