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Ulruk had never seen his father afraid. –Way of the Shaman: Touching the Mystery by Ken Altabef
Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch: write about your character’s relationship with his/her father. How does this affect current behavior?
Journaling Prompt: Have you ever seen your father afraid? How did it make you feel?
Art Prompt: A Father’s Fear
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell a dramatic story about an incident that involved you and your father.
Photo Credit: Neil Moralee on Flickr
It doesn’t seem to matter what kind of mother a child has lost, or how perilous it may be to dwell in her presence. It doesn’t matter whether she hurts or hugs. Separation from mother is worse than being in her arms while bombs are exploding. Separation from mother is sometimes worse than being with her when she is the bomb..
For the presence of mother – our mother – stands for safety. Fear of her loss is the earliest terror we know. –Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst
Fiction Writing Prompt: Work on your character sketch, then write a story about your protagonist’s relationship with his or her mother at different ages.
Journaling Prompt: Write about your feelings for your mother and how they change over time.
Art Prompt: Separation from mother
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a touching or humorous story about your relationship with your mother.
Photo Credit: Nick Kenrick on Flickr
Daniel Blackland’s clearest memory of his father was from the day before his sixth birthday, when they walked hand in hand down Santa Monica Beach. –Greg van Eekhout, California Bone
Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the first line of the week as the starting point or inspiration for a scene, story, poem, or haiku.
Journaling Prompt: Write about your favorite memory of your father.
Art Prompt: Father and son at the beach
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about your father.
Photo Credit: Ahmed Rabea on Flickr
The Mother is the source of bounty, archetyped as Mother-Goddess birthing the trees and oceans. Her counter is the devouring mother who swallows her children, or through her indifference, starves them. –From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey through Myth and Legend by Valerie Estelle Frankel
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene or poem using the mother archetype.
Journaling Prompt: Write about your relationship with your mother.
Art Prompt: The Mother Archetype
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Give a speech about your mother and an important lesson she taught you.
Photo Credit: Cornelia Kopp on Flickr
Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!
Photo by DC Public Library Commons on Flickr.
…parents from different social classes teach their children different lessons about interacting with institutions. …parents help to perpetuate inequalities not only through what they do for their children, such as equipping them with different resources or opportunities, but also through what they teach children to do for themselves. –Science Daily
Fiction Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch. How did your protagonist’s parents teach social interaction and how does that affect your protagonist in your story? (Click through and read the entire article to learn how social class affects what parents teach children.)
Journaling Prompt: What is the most valuable lesson your parents taught you?
Art Prompt: Parent teaching Child
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the essential lessons that parents must teach their children.
Photo Credit: Nationaal Archief on Flickr
The great majority of the parents (88 per cent) answered that they did not think that there were disadvantages for their child in having an imaginary friend. Parents saw the main reasons for having invisible friends as supporting fantasy play and as a companion to play and have fun with. Parents also gave numerous examples of how invisible friends helped their children process and cope with life events.
Younger children also used their interactions with invisible friends to test their parents’ reactions to behaviour that might be disapproved of, thus helping them learn to regulate their behaviour. –Science Daily
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about a child and his or her imaginary friend.
Journaling Prompt: Did you have an imaginary friend or a stuffed animal that you believed was alive?
Art Prompt: Imaginary Friend
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience how parents should deal with a child’s imaginary friend.
Photo Credit: dospaz on Flickr
The four culture types identified, which together comprised 89 percent of families surveyed, are:
- The Faithful: These parents base their moral compass on religion and seek to maintain traditions within their homes and through their children.
- The Engaged Progressives: These parents view morality through a lens of personal responsibility and freedom and strive to raise “responsible choosers.”
- The Detached: These parents don’t feel very close to their children and tend to adopt a “let kids be kids and let the cards fall where they may” attitude.
- The American Dreamers: These parents are very optimistic about their children’s future and focus heavily on giving them every possible advantage while also protecting them from negative influences. –Kecia Lynn
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a scene about something that happens in within a family. Re-write the same scene for each of the family types.
Journaling Prompt: Where does your family fall in this list? Write about how you feel about your family type.
Art Prompt: Families
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Inform your audience about the four American family types.
Photo Credit: normalityrelief on Flickr
The other night, our newborn didn’t sleep. We’d feed him, put him to bed, and a few minutes later he’d start fussing and crying and screaming bloody murder.
I’d pick him up, swaddle that little bugger till his face turned blue, and put him back into the crib with a magic singing seahorse that’s supposed to hypnotize him back to sleep.
Twenty minutes later, little Houdini was out of his blankets, flailing his arms again like he was at a Black Sabbath reunion. -Jeff Goins
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story, scene or poem that features a crying baby.
Journaling Prompt: Write about a parenting or babysitting experience where you had to deal with an unhappy baby or child.
Art Prompt: Crying Baby
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the trials of being a new parent.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Burgin on Flickr
Parents who feel guilty about letting their young children watch too many fantasy movies on TV can relax.
Researchers from Lancaster University have discovered that youngsters who watch films like Harry Potter improve their imagination and creativity. –Science Daily
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about a child who grows up watching fantasy movies.
Journaling Prompt: Write about the kind of movies you enjoyed watching as a kid. How did they inspire you?
Art Prompt: Children and Fantasy
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about a movie that inspired you as a child and how it shaped your life.
Photo Credit: Lars Plougmann on Flickr
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