Stories are also a wonderful way to "Connect" to our heritage. The more we know about our heritage, the more we feel a part of "something" on a grander scale. A study completed in 2001, 2 months before the 9/11 tragedy found some interesting findings about the state of children's mental health.
Dr Duke's findings:
Article published in the NY Times, March 2013, Titled 'The Stories That Bind Us'
- The more children knew about their family’s history
- The stronger their sense of control over their lives
- The higher their self-esteem
- the more successfully they believed their families functioned
As parents, we need to be sharing the stories of our heritage with our children and grandchildren. By so doing, we strengthen them against the life traumas that may come.
Several years ago, a video clip was created that also represented the importance of keeping our heritage alive through written histories. Near the end of the video, a young woman is facing trials and storms in her own life, but finds the strength to face those challenges in a book handed down by her ancestors. The trials and tribulations that they faced helped her wither own trials. Watch 'Every Family Has a Story, Discover Yours'