Can your child answer simple ‘do you know’ questions about their family?
I’m not talking about the ‘do you know where you live’, ‘do you know your full name’, ‘how old are you’, type questions being bantered around as many of our little ones are off to orientation days at big school.
I’m talking about conversation starting questions like ‘do you know where your mum and dad went to school? Do you know where your parents met?’
Last year there was a fantastic article that appeared in the New York Times – The Family Stories that Bind Us. To quote from that article:
“The more children knew about their family’s history…the higher their self-esteem… The “Do You Know?” scale turned out to be the best single predictor of children’s emotional health and happiness.
The bottom line: if you want a happier family, create, refine and retell the story of your family’s positive moments and your ability to bounce back from the difficult ones.”
One of the simplest ways to tell your family stories and to get those conversations started is to spend time looking through photos.
Remember the old adage a picture tells a thousand words!
Did you know that 80% of images never make it off the mobile device on which they were taken?
In the Christmas pre-season we challenge you to prepare and equip yourself to get these conversations started with your family:
- Print some photos to display in your home.
- Create a family year book and read it to your children.
- How about an A to Z photobook all about your family to help your children learn the alphabet? I did one for my two and despite them now having learned all their letters they still love reading it! For those of you participating in the FatMum Slim photo a day challenge you might already be well on your way to having all your letters covered!
Now is the perfect time to get your photos organised so you can utilise them in any number of photo related products that can be enjoyed by your family.
Curious about the 20 questions on the “Do You Know Scale” Read more here
Remember: A birth certificate shows that you were born. A death certificate shows that you died. A PHOTOGRAPH shows that you really LIVED! (author unknown).