Being a parent is a tough gig. There are variations of parenting models, values and ways of doing things. I think as parents we never really know if we are doing a good job. My hope for this article is that you discover the importance of photographs and find reassurance that the impact is positive and has deeper meaning.
My boys bring home all sorts of things from school and we proudly display their art covering fridges, walls and doors. Nothing puts a skip in their step more than seeing something they created and worked so hard at displayed. So why don’t we display their photographs in the same way?
Displaying photographs of our children show them that THEY matter. That we are proud of who THEY are. In addition, displaying family photographs give them a sense of belonging and security, the knowledge that no matter what the world throws at them, they are loved and part of a unit. They are reminded of that love every time they walk past and see these portraits.
Cathy Lander-Goldberg, a licensed clinical social worker and a professional photographer says “Displaying photos prominently in the home sends the message that our family and those in it are important to one another, and we honour the memories we have experienced,“
David Krauss, a licensed psychologist says, “I think it is really important to show a family as a family unit. It is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unit. Additionally, Krauss recommends having photographs of that child with their family placed in the child’s bedroom so it can be among the last things they see before sleep and the first thing they may see before beginning their day.
“It says we love you and care about you. You’re important.”
Read full article here: http://www.familyportraitmonth.com.au/family-portraits-boost-childs-self-esteem/