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12/10/2013 10:48 am ET

What Kids Learn From Hearing Family Stories

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"Dad, tell me a story from when you were little. Tell me the story about the time you met your best friend Chris at school." Six-year-old Alex, who has just started school himself, snuggles into his pillow and catches his dad's hand in the dark. They have finished the nightly reading of Tin Tin and now it’s time for "just one more story" before Alex goes to sleep.

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