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Building Self-Image Through Family Photos

Did you know that taking family photographs can help raise children with stronger confidence in their own worth and abilities?

Children who see themselves in images in their homes feel more connected and a part of the family unit. In our world today it is no surprise that many photos are never printed or framed to hang on the wall. We have become very dependent on the idea that they are easier to see and view digitally. There is a stronger impact on children though when the image is framed and placed where it can be seen regularly.

David Krauss, a licensed psychologist and a p

ioneer in using personal and family albums in assisting mental health counseling and therapy, states “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. A photographer’s job is to create and make the image look like a safe holding space for kids where they are safe and protected. Kids get it on a reall

y simple level.”

Krauss explains that he believes placing a family photo on a wall where a child can see it every day and doesn’t have to turn on a device provides that child a sense of reassurance and comfort. He even recommends placing family photos in the child’s bedroom so that it’s one of the last things they see before going to bed and one of the first thing

s they see when waking up.

Keeping these photos up to date is important too! Displaying photos from a variety of time periods helps kids understand the timeline of their own family.

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