Family meals are associated with better school performance, fewer behavior problems and lower risk of substance use in our kids. For these reasons and more, we hope that parents will make family meals routine both during the week and on weekends. As the holidays approach we are thinking about those special family meals and keeping the atmosphere positive and joyful even as family dynamics unfold.
What helps? One magic trick is the gift of family stories.
Telling family stories is a gift that is worth preserving. When you take the time to tell children about family members including those alive today and long ago ancestors, you are actually imparting important assets. Here’s how family stories positive impact kids:
After the harrowing events of 9/11, researchers discovered that children who knew the stories of their ancestors were actually less anxious than those who knew nothing of family history. Even as life gets busy, take the time to share family stories. Pass along this profound and enduring gift that strengthens resilience, provides a sense of self, offers a moral compass and invites a powerful connection to their roots. When you tell family stories you are both honoring your own past and shaping your children’s future.
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