Do your children know where you grew up? How you met their other parent? Or where you were married?
Do they know about the dreams you had, and successes and difficulties you’ve faced?
What do they know about their grandparent’s lives?
Researchers have discovered that children who know about their family’s stories are more likely to experience positive outcomes in life than those who don’t. They have higher self-esteem, less anxiety, and fewer behavioral problems.
When parents and grandparents take the time to talk about family stories, children develop a sense of identity. They learn about the ups and downs of life, and how to overcome obstacles.
It’s spontaneous conversations about family stories that are at the heart of building resilient children who know who they are, and how they fit into something that’s bigger than just ‘me’.
Find out more about raising positive kids at happyfamilies.com.au.
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