Sharing your family stories helps your child develop a strong sense of who she is and where she comes from.
Drs. Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush at Emory University found that the more children know about their family history, the better they are at facing challenges.
By exploring the adventures of your ancestry, you’re sharing the secret sauce that gives your family its unique flavor.
Here are some questions the researchers asked, that might get you started in creating a family story that inspires:
Does your child know where her grandparents grew up? Does she know where her mom and dad went to high school? Does she know about an illness or something really terrible that happened to your family?
You might add photos, songs, favorite dishes and anything else you feel would bring the family history to life.
The more you can help your child develop an “intergenerational self” through the family narrative, the more you can help her feel she belongs to something beyond herself.