I came across and article on how family portraits boost self esteem. This intrigued me. The article was written by Chris Cummins and he wrote specific quotes from David Krauss, licensed psychologist , Judy Weiser, psychologist, and Cathy Lander-Goldberg, licensed clinical social worker.
It starts out saying how it is helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of the family unit. They are learning who they are and where they fit in.
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 is why I belong here. This is where I came from."
By displaying portraits in the home sends a message that we are important to one another and we honor our memories together. Furthermore, if you display portraits of that child with their family in the child's bedroom can be meaningful. It could be one of the last things they see before they go to sleep and one of the first things they see to begin their day.
On my own personal experience, I display portraits everywhere in my home. Of course, I have many of my grandchildren. I even have them on my computer screens. I know when Reid comes to visit, he loves to look at the picture that I have on my computer screen. Since he doesn't see Uncle Brad and Aunt Brittany too often, I ask Reid, who is that. And he tells me. It is staying connected, even when there is distance mile wise. I love that he shows an interest in the portrait each and every time.
So what is said in a nutshell, "We love you and care about you. You are important!"
The picture of me and my grandson Reid is a daily reminder of how much I love him.