Not surprisingly, an article I just came across on The Atlantic’s website extols the virtues of sharing family stories with children. See link HERE. Some themes that arise:
*Kids learn to empathize with the emotions of others
*Kids learn the skill of storytelling
*They may develop higher self-esteem and self-awareness
*Lower rates of depression and anxiety
I personally do not have any children yet, but I do recall many stories from my family during our get-togethers. These anecdotes seem to me to create a sense of community and laughter and unite the family together. Who doesn’t love a “Remember when?” with everyone sitting around the table?
What stories do you share with your kids? Are you honest in your tales?