When sitting around the dining table in our home in Colchester I’ll often get asked some crazy questions by my 5 year old child. How old was Jesus when he died? How many seconds are in a day? Believe me, the list goes on, but thanks to Alexa I no longer have to conjour up an answer to these.
But, sometimes, a question pops up which I’m happy to chat about and these stem from the photographs we have in the room.
So, here are three great reasons to get those photos off your laptop, phone or Ipad and printed out!
- Building your child’s self-esteem
Now I’m no Psychologist but David Krauss from Ohio is and he has this to say about how displaying family photographs can boost your child’s self-esteem:
“Placing a family photo someplace in the home where the child can see it every day without having to turn on a device or click around on a computer to find it really hits home for that child and this sense of reassurance and comfort. They have a certainty about them and a protecting quality that nurtures a child. It lets them know that they are loved and cared for”
Krauss also suggests hanging family photos in our children’s bedrooms so that they are one of the last things they see before they go to sleep. This has been on my to-do-list for a long time and this is the reminder I need to get it done!
- It reinforces memories
Be honest, how many times do you look through all the images you have stored on your laptop? They are sitting there hidden away behind a password protected screen, five folders deep and probably under a file name you can’t remember.
Having photographs in the home are a great trigger to remember the times you’ve had. You can talk about the day the photo was taken and what you got up to. This can help reinforce the memory for your children. Looking back at photographs from when I was younger, it’s hard to know whether I actually remember a day itself but I feel as though I do from the times my Mum has talked about it with me.
- Sharing conversations
This came up recently on my FaceBook page when a woman opened up about how her photo wall, which included some family members who the family have sadly lost, creates lots of interesting conversations with her children over dinner.
Photographs act as reminders of who people are, and of times we’ve shared with them. They prompt children to ask questions about people in them, and also act as a reminder for us to keep telling those stories.
If you are the parent of a toddler you will know that conversations are usually a one way thing but when my 2 year old is in a room with photographs, he is drawn to them. Frantically pointing and repeatedly saying the names of the people. It opens up a dialogue between us which I love.
So there you have it, 3 benefits to children by displaying your photographs. Will it stop me being quizzed about Jesus? Probably not, but you can’t win them all I suppose!
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