Family Stories

Connect With Your Past


Watch “Kids Try Their Great Grandparents’ Favorite Childhood Foods” (4-min video) from HiHo Kids.


  • What foods did your grandparents eat when they were young?

Optional Activity: Make a family recipe with your family while you talk about family stories. If a grandparent lives nearby, consider doing the activity with them.

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  • Do you know where your grandparents grew up?
  • Do you know where your parents met?
  • Do you know the story of your birth?

Researchers have found that kids who know the answers to these questions are more likely to overcome challenging situations in life. How many of these questions can you answer?

If there are any you can’t answer, see if your parents know.

Do these questions make you wonder anything else about your parents or grandparents?

You might ask them:

  • What was a particularly hard moment for you in school?
  • Who was a close friend? What did you do together?
  • Was there ever a time you felt embarrassed?

Consider Keeping a Diary

If your parents and grandparents never told their stories or wrote them down, the stories would be forgotten.

What stories do you want to write so people can remember you?

There once was a girl named Anne Frank who wrote her stories down. People still read her stories today.

Anne wrote, “Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl. Oh well, it doesn’t matter. I feel like writing.”

Anne Frank wrote in her journal, and people still read it today.

You can write too — to keep your family story alive.

Here are some prompts:

  • What are your favorite stories about your parents or grandparents?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • What is one of the hardest things that has happened this year? How did you deal with it?
  • As you write down details about your life, you’re helping people in the future.

Watch “I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors)” (3-min video) from Disney.

In this scene, Moana is visited by the spirit of her grandmother, who gives her strength to continue on her journey.

Notice how the message correlates with the Uplift inner compass lesson.

  • “Nothing on Earth can silence the quiet voice still inside you.”
  • “I will carry you here in my heart, you’ll remind me that come what may, I know the way.”

When we’re tuned into our inner compass and our family stories, we can find the strength to make it through hard times.

"When you don’t know where you’re going, it’s important to remember where you came from."

Little’s Corner

Play Pretend
Find toys that represent each family member — or play a game of charades where each person has to guess which extended family member you’re pretending to be.

Create a Paper Chain

  1. Cut construction paper into long strips that can be used to make a paper chain.
  2. On each strip, write down an extended family member’s name.
  3. Connect all the strips together to see how long of a chain you can create as a family or in teams.
  4. Optional: Hang up the chain somewhere around the house. Each day, rip one chain off and tell a story about that family member — or call them up and have them tell a story themselves.

Draw your family

Print the page below to draw your family.