Darla L. Henry & Associates Home About Us 3-5-7 Model Calendar GRANTS Blog Resources Contact Summertime often brings with it picnics, bar-b-ques and other get-togethers where we re-connect with family and friends.  We look forward to gathering together to tell and remember stories about the past; people who have been lost and experiences that have been shared.  In my book The 3-5-7 MODEL: A Practice Approach to Permanency, I wrote about the importance of hearing the stories of our youth:
By listening to them as they tell their stories, we are able to help them clarify past life events, integrate their relationship experiences, and support the actualization of connections as they continue their life’s journey. It is most likely not a quick journey, often requiring many “tellings” of their stories as they express many feelings about those events. It is a sorting out, a claiming of real emotions, a sense of the found of what may have been lost to them. In doing their work, children and youth are able to find answers that make sense of their experiences.  In doing so, they are able to claim their identity and feelings of being valued, increasing their self esteem.

Consider what 3-5-7 Model ©work you may be doing in your family as you attend family gatherings and hear the stories of the past.  Did you learn something new?  Did you hear something differently now that you are older?  How is your family growing and evolving on its journey? 

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