http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/12/what-kids-learn-from-hearing-family-stories/282075/

 

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Be generous with your stories….  This article shares more about research over the last past decade or so that really exposes the deep internal values that we are shaping in our families, when we tell stories. Family narrative is a gift to young children and older kids alike. Also, I personally believe it’s a beautiful practice for grown-ups who too!

I’ve been thinking about story-telling and recently read more about resiliency being built up through family stories of failure and success over time. It’s interesting to think about.

In the preteen years, children whose families collaboratively discuss everyday events and family history more often have higher self-esteem and stronger self-concepts. And adolescents with a stronger knowledge of family history have more robust identities, better coping skills, and lower rates of depression and anxiety.