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What Does Learning About Your Family Mean to You?

When we think about our families, it’s understandable that the first thing that comes to mind is the love we share for one another. But what does it mean to learn about our families?

For many of us, it can be an empowering experience that helps us understand ourselves and our place in the world a little better. When we know where we come from, it can give us a stronger sense of who we are and help guide our decisions going forward.

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” —Marcus Garvey

I really like these quotes to help us understand why learning about our family is worthwhile and significant:

 

  • Eighty families (were interviewed), including both parents and children, to see how much they knew about their own family’s history. Among the questions: Do you know where some of your grandparents grew up? Do you know the source of your name? Do you know some of the illnesses and injuries that your parents experienced when they were younger? The result? The more children knew about the previous generations of their family, the higher their self-esteem and basically, the happier they were. (Source: https://forward.com/opinion/404668/do-your-kids-and-grandkids-know-their-family-history/)

 

  • In the preteen years, children whose families collaboratively discuss everyday events and family history more often have higher self-esteem and stronger self-concepts. Family history also shapes attitudes towards discipline and consequences

 

 

  • Many people desire to know where they come from, but a sense of belonging is especially important for children and youth. Knowledge about their family history gives children of all ages a sense of their place in the world. It can also give young people something to live up to—a legacy to respect. Family history also provides an opportunity for children and teenagers to make a meaningful contribution to something bigger than themselves. This lesson provides ideas about how to involve children and youth in family history activities. Children and youth who develop an interest in family history are more likely to participate in family history throughout their lives. You will find a great wealth of information on this site (Source: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Involve_Children_and_Youth_in_Family_History)

 

As you can see, learning about our families can have a profound and positive impact on our lives. It can help us understand ourselves better, give us a stronger sense of identity, and provide us with a connection to the people who matter most to us.

As Your Children Understand Their Relationships-

It can give them a stronger sense of who they are and help guide their decisions going forward.

Children are the future. They are our hope and our promise. They bring joy to our lives and remind us of what is truly important. Yet, all too often, we forget how precious they are. We take them for granted, and their innocence is lost in a world that is too often harsh and cruel.

All children have a place in this world. They are unique and special, each one with their own gifts and talents. It is our responsibility to help them find their place in this world and to nurture and support them as they grow.

 

When we take the time to learn about our families, we not only get to know them better, but we also get to know ourselves and help our children understand themselves better.

Understanding whose roots we come from, what their life story was like before they came into this world and how those experiences shaped them as people can really help you appreciate where your own journey has taken place thus far.

 

Some questions you could ask yourself are:

– What have you learned about your family that has surprised you?

– How has learning about your family history helped you to understand yourself better?

– What impact has there been as you learn about what your family had on your own life and decisions?

 

Answering these questions can help you to better understand the importance of family history and how it can link us together.

It can also provide a foundation for individuals and families to build upon.

 

Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, LLC  2022

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