The Secret Benefits of Retelling Family Stories


“kids ab­sorb more in­for­ma­tion from fam­ily sto­ries than most adults think. And that knowl­edge be­stows sur­pris­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal ben­e­fits, re­search shows.

The best hol­i­day sto­ries are funny or en­ter­tain­ing and of­ten con­vey life lessons, says Robyn Fivush, a psy­chol­ogy pro­fes­sor and di­rec­tor of Emory Uni­ver­si­ty’s In­sti­tute for Lib­eral Arts. “They have a very im­por­tant func­tion in teach­ing chil­dren, ‘I be­long here. I’m part of these sto­ries.’ They pro­vide not just a script for life, but a set of val­ues and guide­posts,” she says”

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