In order for our children to be mentally well, they must be taught the absolute truth. Truth provides the clarity, stability, and security needed to thrive at any age. In the first article of the “Who’s the Teacher?” series, science was placed back into the hands of parents to correctly teach their sons and daughters about who they are. With history now being narrated as a tale of two groups - the privileged versus the oppressed, it is apparent that parents need to spearhead the teaching of social studies as well.
The more students are taught that their level of success in life is predicated by skin color, the more youth will suffer with confusion, unresolved anger, and self-hatred. Instead of learning about themselves and where they come from, stereotypes, biases, and misconceptions will dominate their worldview. However, when the fullness of history is unveiled young people are able to appreciate the positives of all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds including their own.
One of the most influential parts of history to a child is their family’s heritage. A growing body of research is finding a direct correlation between knowledge of one’s heritage and positive mental health. By understanding their roots, children can develop a healthy self-concept and a strong sense of belonging. For ideas on how to help your child cultivate wellness through their heritage, read the flipbook below. (Full-screen is recommended.)
Yet even more impactful than passing down family history is sharing your faith. In Part 2 of “Where Did I Come From?” we will see how the spiritual heritage we leave behind impacts our children and the generations to come.