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How storytelling helps parents in prison stay connected to their kids | Alan Crickmore

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When a parent is sent to prison, the unintended victims of their crimes are their own children — without stability and support, kids are at higher risk for mental health and development issues. In a heartfelt talk, Alan Crickmore explains how the charity Storybook Dads is keeping families connected through the simple act of storytelling.

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36 Comments on How storytelling helps parents in prison stay connected to their kids | Alan Crickmore

  1. Thatshady Guy // 3rd January 2019 at 4:10 pm // Reply


  2. First

  3. Sonship Lifestyle // 3rd January 2019 at 4:13 pm // Reply

    This has been such inspiration to me thank you, I hope to inspire people on my YouTube channel like you all have for me 🙂 thank you

  4. Indian First:)

  5. Ibrahim Arafath // 3rd January 2019 at 4:17 pm // Reply

    His voice is smoothening

  6. Don’t glorify criminals… they’re in prison for a reason

    • That is why prison is dehumanizing, as he says in the beginning of the talk, because of all the people that, like yourself, think people in prison are undeserving of being treated like humans and so their self value diminishes and so there is no hope is recovering them as human beings or citizens…

    • +LalyWell they should have thought before killing someone / molesting a child etc

    • +Laly Go take a tour of a prison and report back with how many humans you encounter that aren’t staff.

    • kulik03 you did notice they’re in prison, right? You must/will really suck as a friend and parent rubbing your loved one’s faults in their noses for the rest of their lives… not saying you don’t/wouldn’t love them, just saying you would suck… (nothing positive comes out that, by the way)

    • Heather Chester // 3rd January 2019 at 9:53 pm // Reply

      kulik03 No one is glorifying criminals. This talk is about caring for these children and their mental health. Get a life.

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  8. Discover Your Awesomeness // 3rd January 2019 at 4:40 pm // Reply

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  9. Melissa Urban Hippie Mama // 3rd January 2019 at 4:48 pm // Reply

    I would love to be part of this movement. Not to glorify the parents poor decisions, but to connect children to parents in a simple way despite barriers.

  10. Dr1ven Industries // 3rd January 2019 at 4:57 pm // Reply

    The awareness this channel brings wether you agree on a subject or not is great! It’s inspiring to see the different point of views and look outside of the box!

  11. Perhaps a little bedtime story about not committing a felony? The children are innocent but let’s not pretend it’s not the offending parent that caused the situation.

  12. Britany Atwood // 3rd January 2019 at 5:10 pm // Reply

    Wow I cried this is a beautiful thing to do.

  13. Call me crazy, but as I see it staying out of prison is a really good way to stay connected to your kids

    • You are not crazy, just a dumb troll with no life

    • If the parents cared about their own kids they wouldn’t be criminals who are separated from them due to their own bad life choices. Why should I care about some criminal’s kids? I have my own life to worry about.

    • its not always the parent’s fault. for one, some people are desperate and see no other way, trapped in a system. also, it is quite easy to get mixed up in something and being arrested despite being innocent, then stuck in a loop of investigations and hearings for ages

    • Heather Chester // 3rd January 2019 at 9:52 pm // Reply

      This talk is about how to help these children. They’ve done nothing. Get a life.

    • Again, why should I care?

  14. Amazing!

  15. Socrates Alexander // 3rd January 2019 at 5:54 pm // Reply

    This talk made me cry. Thanks.

  16. Flowerchild wiggle wiggle // 3rd January 2019 at 7:30 pm // Reply

    I wish they had something like this in America.. my father was in and out of prison throughout most of my life or working in other states and even now that I’m 26 I still have every letter he wrote me. When you’re unable to be close to your loved ones, no matter the reason, every single piece of a connection to them is cherished all the more.. This is such a beautiful thing to be able to share your love for your children and hold on to that in a place where hope is scarce.

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