One of the most important things you can do to create emotional wellness in your family is develop a strong family narrative. Children who have a multi-generational understanding of their family have lower anxiety and greater well-being. According to research from Emory University’s Family Narratives Lab:

The more children knew about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem and the more successfully they believed their families functioned. The “Do You Know?” scale turned out to be the best single predictor of children’s emotional health and happiness.

Kids who know family stories have a strong “intergenerational self” and know they are part of something larger than themselves. Read more in this New York Times article and this Wall Street Journal article.

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