I think we all have an idea how important it is that our children feel connection with family. But did you know that it is just as important for them to feel connected with living family members as it is for them to know about their family history? Our stories are their stories too!
I read this article the other day in The New York Times called "The Stories That Bind Us." If you have a few minutes I recommend reading it. The study showed that the more connected children felt to their family by knowing family history, the happier the children were. One line in particular jumped out at me: "The more children knew about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem and the more successfully they believed their families functioned." They were also much more able to deal with stress.
For this week's challenge, take some time to tell your kids a family story. Pick anything! It doesn't have to be perfectly narrated or even the happiest story, so there's no pressure. Everything counts! The more your kids know about where they came from the better their life will be :-)
Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
As a Parent Coach and Mentor, my passion lies in empowering parents to make the best decisions they can for their children and their families as a whole. As a well-trained coach, I can be your facilitator and accountability partner for long-lasting, meaningful change that has a permanent, positive impact for your family. By focusing on the values that you hold most important in your life, I can help you create and maintain the type of parenting relationship you want to have with your children, now and into their adulthood.
I am a homeschooling mom of four children in Massachusetts. I am also the author of a book called The Herbal Beverage Book, which can be found on amazon. When not coaching, writing or spending time with the family, I enjoy Hayao Miyazaki films, new and classic Dr. Who episodes, anything related to American history and a great glass of mead.
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