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Praise for Before We Say "Goodnight"

"Before We Say Goodnight" is absolutely wonderful and I loved it. I passed it on to another dear friend who has just had his grandchildren move within "goodnight story telling" distance. He too thought it was really helpful and VERY practical. Having to create stories is only for the gifted…like my dad, but for the rest of us mortals to be able to retell your own life story in little excerpts is wonderful and essential to keeping family history alive."

~ Sharon Linkletter, daughter and proud recipient of a lifetime of storytelling by Art Linkletter

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"Hank Frazee has written a book about how to tell stories to children. As far as I know, he’s the first to do this, which makes his book pretty much invaluable. I too told bedtime tales to my children, but they were mostly my versions of Winnie-the-Pooh and the Doctor Doolittle stories—so inevitably I ran out of ideas fairly quickly. I wish I’d had Hank’s book to help me out back then. The concept is terrific, the story ideas inventive, and I applaud him for putting it all down on paper so that parents and guardians (and even wicked uncles like me) will be able to benefit from his marvelous ideas."

~ Ian Ogilvy, Author of the Measle Series

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"Hank Frazee’s book, Before We Say "Goodnight," is practical and inspirational. Using stories from his own family, Frazee shares his insight on how bedtime can be a special time in every family’s day. Using Frazee’s methods, bedtime is a place to unpack family stories. It’s also a time when you can infuse values with the intention of creating a life-referencing moment between your children and stories of their parents, grandparents, and extended families, as well as connect those stories with the real and imagined. Undoubtedly, the safety of an open and communicative relationship between parent and child is essential for their relational health. I heartily recommend Hank’s book, Before We Say "Goodnight," as what can and should be the experience of every child."

~ Ken Canfield, Ph.D., Executive Director, Boone Center for the Family, Pepperdine University

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"Hank Frazee’s book confirms for us all that the best stories are the ones that are told from the heart…personal tales…family memories…that continue the tradition that began thousands of years ago around the campfire. It’s a fantastic book!"

~ Beau Bridges

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"You are a champion in the hearts and minds of your kids and they want to know all about you. This book is a knockout and will show you how to tell your story to your children."

~ George Foreman, World Champion Heavyweight Boxer and Entrepreneur

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"What a gift! Hank’s book is more than ‘how to tell bedtime stories.’ This book reveals the secret of strengthening the lifetime connection between parents and children, while enhancing their brain development. The human voice and human touch are two of the most powerful stimulators of the child’s brain from birth onward, and parents who sit with their children, or hold them while reading, are accomplishing three purposes: building a close and meaningful relationship that will last a lifetime, improving quality of brain activity, and sharing cherished reflections of intimate bits of life history. Children who experience story time with their parents will always reach for books, and they will always want to learn to read. Preparing your children for academic success is best achieved by reading and telling stories to your children during their first three to four years of life. The more personal the stories are the more memorable they will be for your children. Hank’s book sets the tone for you to enjoy a natural and enlightening path to bonding with your children."

~ Wanda Draper, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

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"In this busy world, with increasingly pervasive modern technology, this delightful book inspires us to share memories and stories with our children. Hank Frazee has shown us how to instill family values and traditions while enjoying the special time before our children fall asleep. Though my children have grown, I will be thankful for Hank’s inspiration as I tell stories to my grandchildren."

~ Dr. Andrew McLaren, Pediatrician

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"Before We Say "Goodnight" reminds us of the beauty of family, the power of our stories, and the value of connection."

~ Thema Bryant-Davis, Ph.D., Author of Thriving in the Wake of Trauma: A Multicultural Guide

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"Hank Frazee’s book is right on point with current research that the environment shapes human brain development. Parents telling stories is precisely what helps children to become better people."

~ Elizabeth M. Kolve, MTF, Psy.D.

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"There’s a wonderful bond forged with our kids when we share our memories by telling them bedtime stories of the unforgettable characters we’ve known, the exciting experiences we’ve had, the amazing things we discovered, and the funny things we did as kids. Few things are more important than passing on to the next generation our beliefs and values. In this stunning book, Hank Frazee not only shares his own inimitable bedtime stories but reveals the secret of how to get close to your kids by sharing your own. Every parent and grandparent needs this book. We go around only once with our kids. They long to know us, and telling bedtime stories is a great way to open our hearts to them."

~ Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, Chaplain of the United States Senate (1995-2003)

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"Before We Say "Goodnight" is a wonderful and fun learning tool for all parents. As an important alternative to the fairy tale at night, it teaches parents that these moments can turn into an oral history of family adventures from the past. Mr. Frazee gives easy-to-follow instruction that will enable all readers to acquire the skill to be an exciting storyteller. A wonderful addition to all family libraries."

~ Gloria Watts, Director of Children’s Theatre

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"A parent’s most important responsibility is teaching a child to know and worship his or her Creator. Hank Frazee shows how to incorporate our life experiences and moral values as an entertaining and instructive part of that responsibility and reveals how any parent can do it! Bravo!!"

~ Pat Boone, Entertainer

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"Children especially love two things: The first is stories, and the second is hearing about their parents’ lives. Hank Frazee has wrapped both loves in one beautiful method and book. It should sweep the nation!"

~ Dan Sullivan, Founder of The Strategic Coach, Inc.

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"If we love reading and great stories, there is nothing better than passing these on to the next generation. Hank Frazee encourages us in creative ways to keep the important art of storytelling alive. A must for anyone with a story to tell."

~ John Wood, Founder and Executive Chairman of Room to Read

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"We love this book! Every parent (and grandparent) should read it. Before We Say Goodnight will revolutionize your tuck-in time with your children."

~ Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, Founders of realrelationships.com and Authors of The Parent You Want to Be

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"Our children and grandchildren want to know who we really are. This book provides a wonderful method to share our life with those we love. It’s out of this world!"

~ Buzz Aldrin, Astronaut, Apollo XI

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"What a fabulous idea! Hank’s concept might be the missing link to making the connection between grandparents and their offspring to take an interest in their own family history. Now there will be no excuse for waiting until old age to learn about the lives of our ancestors."

~ Gary McMurrin, Retired School Teacher

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Reviews

"To make bedtime the happiest part of your grandchildren’s day, tell them an entertaining story about yourself or their parents. Afraid you’ll bomb? No worries — you’ll be a natural after you read the tips in Hank Frazee’s just-the-right-size new book Before We Say "Goodnight."

~ Grand Magazine September/October 2010

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"In the last twelve years, Hank Frazee’s three children have enjoyed more than 7,000 bedtime stories. Each night he shared a small piece of their family history with them, building a bond not just between the four of them, but between the children and their extended family and friends as well. Over the years, Frazee developed a method for jogging his memory and relaying the tales in an interesting way. His book shares this method with readers so they, too, can easily share bedtime stories about their lives with their children. In addition to passing on family history, bedtime stories are also a natural way to pass on the parent’s values. Frazee prefers to keep bedtime relaxed, avoiding lecturing or trying to instruct his kids with his stories. He has found that the moral of the story becomes naturally clear in the course of its telling, and kids figure it out on their own. In fact, kids often absorb the lessons better when they aren’t pointed out by adults. A relaxed approach helps parents wind down at the end of the day and enjoy quiet moments with their children. Frazee knows that it can be hard to come up with a good story on the spot, so he developed a system of "Story Prompters" to jog his memory. People and animals are the stories’ characters, and can include family, role models, and people or animals in the community. Once the characters are established, creating a new story is simply a matter of setting characters in a place and time, and relaying an experience. Frazee provides over 100 prompts in nineteen different categories for places, experiences, and things. He also includes examples of his own stories at the end of each chapter. This book is an excellent resource for parents, grandparents, babysitters, and anyone else who wishes to develop a deeper relationship with the children in their care. "A story is simply your description of an experience you’ve had," Frazee reminds us. "Tell your stories. Your kids want to hear them."

~ Christine Canfield, Foreword Magazine September 2010

 

 
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