Sadly, we all have a loved one who has passed away. Have you ever considered recording your loved one’s life story? How about sharing these precious moments with your children?
Well, take heart because a new startup called, “FamilyBinds” is preparing for its launch and is eager to help you preserve your loved one’s story in the form of a personalized, illustrated children’s book.
Meeshell Helas, the founder of FamilyBinds says, “Our mission is to bind families together by providing an easy, affordable, and engaging way to share our loved one’s life story.”
Helas interviewed and surveyed hundreds of people across the United States.
After her research and considering three million people in the US alone die each year, she not only found that there was a great need for this but she learned what people wanted and cared about in their stories.
Why is preserving and sharing your loved one’s life stories so important? There are many reasons, but research specifically shows that sharing these stories with children helps them become more resilient. Here are three ways sharing family stories can help your child develop more resilience.
- It helps them make connections with others. Family stories help them see that they are a part of a strong family network and create a sense of social support. As they connect with their past and present family members, they are more equipped to face life’s challenges.
- It shows them examples of resiliency. Children often learn by observing their parents and family behavior. We all have hard times in our lives, and we all have had experiences of overcoming them. As children hear these stories of their family, they have examples that they can model themselves off of. One unique thing about the FamilyBinds books is that you get to choose the content. If your family had strong faith, and that is something that helped a passed relative to be resilient, you can include that in your book so your child can learn from that example.
- It teaches them to have a positive outlook on themselves and their situations. Family stories can help children realize that they are not alone. They can relate to experiences that their family has had, and know that they can overcome their hard situations as well. Helping children to view their trials from a different perspective can help them develop an optimistic mindset.
Family stories have power. Share yours, and pass down the legacy of your loved ones! There are many ways to share family stories. You could recite them from memory, share pictures, or show them objects that were significant to your loved ones’ life. However, often children have a short attention span and may not handle your precious, fragile possessions with care. That is where the customizable FamilyBinds children’s book can help! FamilyBinds provides the resources to create a beautifully illustrated book to communicate your family stories to your children. They want to help bind your family through stories, but need your help! Visit their website, subscribe, and go take a look at their Kickstarter.