What's your family story?

Supportive family relationships can make you feel safe and loved.

They give us a sense of belonging by introducing us to our culture and influence the way we see ourselves, what we think is important, how we cope with problems and difficult situations, how we talk about them and seek support.

This activity encourages children to get to know themselves by creating a family story. [1]

It’s important to acknowledge that family stories can be painful or bring up memories of harm. Adults should guide the pace of the activity and be respectful of the experiences of others involved.

Where to get help:

Phone: 1800 737 732
National sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and information referral service. Available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Relationships Australia
Phone: 1300 364 277
Specialist family and relationship support services including counselling and relationship education.

Personal interviews

Share stories with children or grandchildren, as far back as you can remember!

  • Where were you born?
  • How did you get here, where you currently live?
  • What were your favourite foods growing up?
  • What was your first job?
  • What did your parents do?
  • What did you do for fun when you were a kid?
  • What were some important things that happened in the world when you were growing up?

Creating a family story

After hearing stories from different family members, children can put together a bigger story of their family. 

  • What is your family ancestry?
  • Where has your family migrated from or to?
  • What languages does your family speak?
  • What talents does your family have?
  • What dreams does your family have?

[1] Aguilar, A. (2020) Parenting during coronavirus: opportunities to reconnect and decolonize (accessed on 2 April 2020).

Page last updated: Tuesday, 8 March 2022