Some people do it for the creative outlet and some for the community of other women, but the majority of memory keepers do it because they want to preserve their memories for their kids and families. In short, they want to share their story.
And that’s good news!
According to the New York Times bestseller, The Secrets of Happy Families, research shows that the number one predictor of a child’s emotional well-being is if a child knows his or her family history.
Isn’t that amazing? According to the author,
“Researchers showed that the kids who know more about their family history had a greater belief that they could control there world and a higher degree of self-confidence. It was was the number one predictor of emotional well-being.”
The article I read goes on to say,
“But here’s what really interesting:recounting your family history is not just telling kids, ‘Our family is awesome.’ Recounting the tough times, the challenges your family faced and overcame, is key.”
Isn’t that just what we as scrapbookers do? We share the good times. We share the hard times. We tell our family stories. And according to research, our children will be better for it.