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We are our children’s storytellers

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Hello friends!

Usually here, we like to talk about the stories our children are writing. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the stories we as parents are telling. Getting good at telling just the right story can be key right now.


Today, I took my 17 year old daughter to an empty mall, in a mask, to buy her a dress for her virtual graduation ceremony

Story one

This is so unfair. You deserve better. I can’t believe this is happening to you. This isn’t how it’s supposed to be!

Story two

How curious this is! You get to celebrate graduation unlike anyone ever. Who knew you were all going down in the history books like this? Your class is going to have a bond that only 2020 seniors understand.


Both stories are true, but the second one is one I’m telling. I’ve told it so many times, it’s becoming the story my daughter is telling herself too


And it’s making things easier. There is gratitude instead of despair and adventure instead of fear.


We are our children’s first storytellers. The stories we tell them shape the stories they tell themselves. I’ve discovered that even when I don’t think they are listening, they still hear my stories.


I thought that might be helpful to share right now.


We also have a story to tell you about our writing program. For the first time in 14 summers, we have the opportunity to provide a digital summer writing camp.This means we get to bring summer writing camp right to your front door. It isn’t what we ever would have expected, but we have always welcomed opportunities to grow!


We’ll send more details soon!


Best wishes,


Carrie (and Emily)


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