Families that refine and retell a unifying narrative about their positive moments and resilience during difficult times produce children who consistently show more self-confidence.
Families That Share Benefit
The New York Times published a great article by Bruce Feiler called, “The Stories that Bind Us”. He reports that families who refine and retell a unifying narrative about their positive moments and resilience during difficult times, produce children who consistently show more self-confidence. Knowing the answers to questions such as: Do you know where your parents grew up? Do you know the story of your birth? Do you know of an illness or something difficult your family has experienced? was the best predictor of a child’s mental health and happiness.
A way to help ensure your child knows these answers is to create a “Do You Know” photo book. This doesn’t need to take a lot of time or be overly creative. Think of 20 “Do You Know” questions about your family and include the answers along with a photo. The result will be a family photo book that can improve your child’s self-esteem and sense of belonging.
To learn more about sharing and capturing your family’s stories, read more at:
The Ultimate Gift: Your Life – Your Family Stories
Bringing Life into Focus: The Photos Tell the Stories
4 Tips for Getting Great Family Stories from Your Family Members
If you need help organizing and preserving your lifetime of photos, videos, and keepsakes, find a photo organizer near you at the Association of Personal Photo Organizers.
Cathi Nelson is the founder of APPO (Association of Personal Photo Organizers) where she leads, trains and connects thousands of Photo Organizers from around the globe. Regarded as a pioneer in the photo organizing industry, she is a sought after speaker and has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic and Better Homes and Gardens.