Do you know you can give your kids a self-esteem boost by simply printing and displaying your family photos? It’s as easy as print, hang and repeat. Having photos taken of your milestones be it maternity, newborn or family does more than document your purpose and meaning of life. It gives your children an extra self-esteem boost and in my book that’s major.
A study found that self-esteem in children had a significant increase of 37% after viewing printed photos of themselves with their families over a five-week experiment. David Kraus, a licensed psychologist explains how printed photos help boost a child’s self-esteem, “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.”
Whenever my son sees a printed photo of himself with a family or friend he always asks if he can hang it, “so he can remember,” he says. On a very simple level he understands the photo is a reminder of feeling loved and safe.
Children are obsessed with labeling and sorting their family’s genealogy. My little guy sure is! “That’s my sister.” “Henry is my baby cousin.” “Grandma Liz is daddy’s mom.” “I was in mommy’s belly.” But there is a deeper connection being made than simply understanding their familial linage.
“It lets children learn who they are and where they fit,” said Judy Weiser, a psychologist and art therapist. “They learn their genealogy and the uniqueness of their own family and its story. When a child sees a family portrait with them included in the photograph they say to themselves: These people have me as part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I come from.”
The benefit of printing and displaying your family photos isn’t limited to only boosting your child’s self-esteem either. It also boosts your own mood! Looking at photographs consistently increased mood by 11%, compared to activities such as eating and drinking which increased mood by a mere 1%.
If you don’t know where to start with printing photos, here are some tips on how to print and organize your photos based on personality type.
Now, go put that printed photo on the refrigerator door and feel good that this simple act is increasing your child’s self-esteem.