The Power of Family History: identity and well-being #MondayMusings

Today the AIP #MondayMusings series takes us back to a recent post, but one with an interesting message. Children who report knowing more stories about their family history show higher levels of emotional well-being and higher levels of identity achievement.

Monday Musings 2018

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From birth, children are surrounded by stories. These stories from parents, about them, about parents, about grandparents, are a powerful frame for children to understand the world and themselves. This family storytelling can provide children with a sense of identity through their family history. 

It is suggested that family stories are a critical part of children’s emerging identity and well-being. … Families often shield children from the truth but negative stories can be even more important than positive ones for fostering emotional resilience (Duke cited in Hardy 2017).

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