LDS FAMILY HISTORY STRENGTHENS YOUR CHILDS SELF ESTEEM
As a parent, raising a child who has a healthy self-esteem is one of my greatest desires. I believe that living and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ is an important part of my son’s development in this area. I am learning that our family history is an important part of it too.
Elder Oaks that says, “Establish in the mind of a young person the powerful idea that he or she is a child of God, and you have given self-respect and motivation to move against the problems of life.” I love this clear direction & love that it’s something I can be working on today to help my son.
Something I find fascinating is the research emerging that shows how helping our children get to know their family who have passed away, can help strengthen their self-esteem.
At church we learn the importance of genealogy & I believe in the blessings that come from doing it. It’s interesting to me, how research is supporting the blessings that come from doing it.
WHAT THE 48 FAMILIES TESTED, DISCOVERED.
A pair of psychologists had grew an interest in how family stories correlated with how children deal with challenges. They created a “Do You Know Scale”. This was a list of questions about a family’s history.
48 families participated in this studied and were questioned on what they knew about their family’s stories.
Psychological tests were taken by the children in these families. The psychologists compared their results to these tests the children had taken.
The psychologists found the children who knew their family stories had higher levels of self-esteem, a stronger sense of control over their lives, lower anxiety, fewer behavioral problems, and better family functioning.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 PROVIDES A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY
The above test was completed two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001. The two psychologists found a unique opportunity in the midst of this difficult time.
The families they studied were not directly affected by the events on Sept 11. What was unique, was that all the children had experienced the same trauma on a national level at the same time.
After these events they reassessed the children.
The psychologists found that the children who knew their family stories were more resilient and better able to handle these stressful events. They had a stronger sense of control over their lives, lower anxiety and were able to recover from the effects of these events at a faster rate.
WHY ARE OUR FAMILY STORIES IMPORTANT?
When learning in Church that our family stories are important I have wondered, why?
I don’t know all of the reasons of why family history is important. I like the couple of reasons this study discovered. They found family stories are important because they provide children with a sense of identity, unity, and belonging to a larger family. To me this makes sense & is something I want for my son.
After the original research and highly cited New York Times article was published, the researchers gave a caution. They said that it is not just knowing family history that is beneficial but it is the process of talking with adults and learning the family narrative that leads to positive outcomes.
LDS FAMILY HISTORY IS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN
Family history not only bridges us to our past but is now showing us that it will shape the future of our children too.
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