family narrative

family narrative

Research shows that the more children know about their family history the better they feel about their own lives. Stories need to be age appropriate, of course, but should include both the good and the bad. When kids learn they belong to something bigger than themselves, they become less self-focused. At the same time, they develop self-confidence, a sense of self-worth and resilience through their “intergenerational identity.” So, the next time you hear, “One more story!” at bedtime, put down the storybook and tell one of your own. Remember, it’s the sharing that’s important, not the specific facts. Not sure where to start? Look up researchers Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush’s original “Do You Know?” 20 Questions scale.

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