I read an interesting blog post here on the link between family history and children’s self-esteem. A study done by MARIAL followed several families with children aged 9-12, recording how often the family discussed ancestral stories, including stories of the parents when they were young. They discovered that the more children know about their family’s history (family stories, hardships, occupations, triumphs, anecdotes) the more psychologically resilient they were. The children who participated in dinnertime and casual conversations of family stories had higher self-esteem, fewer behaviour disturbances and a greater sense of their ability to positively affect the world around them.
Do you know where you came from? Your place in history? Here’s a photo of “Grammie” Ethel Grant surrounded by her extended Gilchrest family. Ethel is the young girl center front.