In the role of parenthood it is easy to get caught up in all of life's day-to-day responsibilities and demands: time and stresses of work, mortgage repayments, demands of looking after a household, and so on. While a child is quietly sitting watching TV or playing a computer game, it is easy to take the opportunity to get on with the chores that "have" to be done, like washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, mowing the lawn, or finishing off a brought-home work project on the laptop . . . and thus miss having quality time with your child.
Rachel Remen based the title of her delightful book, Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal (1996), on the recollection that when she was a young child, her family would sit around the kitchen table, over the evening meal, telling their stories of the day. She, like Yapko, laments the loss of wisdom shared through those family stories, which she sees as important in the experience of learning and healthy maturation. This adds another dimension. It is not just the art of storytelling and the content of the stories, but the process in which the teller and listener are permitted uninterrupted quality time together to share an enjoyable, learning experience.
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