Children should be taught as much as possible about their ancestors. Browsing through photograph albums and sharing stories about the people in the pictures, especially if related to some of the child’s interests, will create a connection to the past. A younger child can associate objects with pictures. For example, if a great grandparent was photographed in a garden, the child can link garden tools or certain plants or vegetables to the family member. An older child can write a story or participate in gardening activities.
Family possessions that have been handed down are another way to form bonds with ancestors. A vintage scarf, porcelain figurine, or holiday ornament can inspire stories and imaginations. Classic Irish family traditions can be readily found in the recipes of the past. When parent and child join together to prepare a traditional recipe, both benefit from the memories created by previous generations.