How would you feel if I told you that I could increase your child's self esteem and help you improve your family relationships? Me, I would answer, yes please! I recently participated in a webinar with Dr. Deborah Gilboa (a go-to expert on raising and educating young people), and although I've read the studies that tie self-esteem to family photos, her words really resonated with me.
In a nutshell, she claims that family photos help parents raise respectful, responsible and resilient young people...and here are just a few reasons why...
Photos teach RESPECT.
- photos reinforce what matters (because that is what we take pics of)
- photos remind us of important connections and relationships (grandparents, siblings, etc.)
Photos show RESPONSIBILITY
- displaying photos & creating albums show what we value
- organizing them demonstrates responsibility
Photos build RESILIENCE
- photos show that we try new things because we likely take pics the first few times we try something
- we often take pictures of things, even if they don't go perfectly. We smile even when it's tough
Last night my 3 kids, my husband and I watched home movies (they were out because we were getting them ready to send in for digitizing so we can actually view them...no VCR anymore!). I'm not sure we had ever watched them. I thought it would be 15 minutes. We spent 2 hours. We laughed. We smiled. We remembered. Do I think those 2 hours made a difference? You betcha. My youngest was reminded how adored she was when she was born. My other 2 got to relive their birthday parties when they were 7 and 11 and hopefully saw the care and love that went into them.
An album. A framed photo. A video. It can be so simple. Why wouldn't we do that for our kids?