Typical dinner table conversation fare often starts out with, “How was school today?” But new research suggests that you may be better off skipping the daily recap (which, let’s be honest, mostly generates the single-syllable “fine”) and digging into deeper territory: namely, your family stories.
A great new article in Psychology Today focuses on new research suggesting that sharing family stories creates more resilience in children. Researchers also found lower levels of anxiety and depression in kids whose parents regularly shared these stories. The same relationship was not found for families who just talked about daily events.
So why might this be the case? Researchers suggest that stories pass on life lessons, instilling a sense of capability and a shared sense of history, which in turn helps kids develop a greater sense of belonging within their families.
Read the entire article here and start digging into your family history tonight!
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