Bob Norton Consulting - December 2018

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FROM THE DESK OF Bob

DISCOVER YOUR ROOTS G enealogy A ctivities for the W hole F amily

Why do we have Daylight Savings Time?

This has bugged me for years. Its only accomplishments are to mess up our sleeping patterns and confuse the house pets. According to an article I read on TimeAndDate.com, it was originally conceived to save energy. I’m sure I keep the lights on the same amount each day with my computers running 24/7, so I’m not saving any energy with Daylight Savings Time. Maybe going back to sundials is the answer. Recently, we went through the fall adjustment to the time. That weekend, I thought, “Great, I get another hour of sleep in the morning!” But, no, our blind cat, Charlie, who only cares about filling his belly, climbed up on my belly in the morning at the same time he always does to wake me up for breakfast. Then that afternoon, our dog Sake, was sitting by his bowl staring at me, one hour before his dinner time according to the “new” time.

While some parents worry about negative stories that may accompany their ancestry, many experts and historians encourage teaching children about their heritage and genealogy at a young age. Learning about their heritage and family traditions develops an important part of a child’s identity, so take the opportunity to teach your children about your family history and where those traditions come from. Gather the family together and follow these tips to teach the young’uns about the golden days.

GET CRAFTY

I’ve noticed that their stomachs are more accurate than any clock I own.

Getting crafty is a popular way to teach your kids about their heritage. This gives children an outlet for their creative energy while educating them about the intricacies of genealogy and research. Kids can create a family tree or timeline with cardboard and construction paper. Have them start small with their own names and names of their siblings, parents, and grandparents. Then extend the tree to cousins, aunts, uncles, and great-relatives. Once they finish, have your kid present their family tree to a neighbor or their grandparent so they can teach others what they learned.

TAKE A STAYCATION

In today’s digital landscape, searching for ancestors and relatives is often as easy as a Google search. Visit the home country of your ancestors via Google Earth and learn more about the culture and heritage of your family’s ancestors. After taking a virtual tour of the city or town, search for recipes, games, or outfits that your family can create together. Have each kid select which one they’re interested in, and do them together!

-Bob Norton

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