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Share Life Plus helps families create a tradition of documenting and Sharing Forward their family history, stories, memories, and knowledge over multiple generations. Share Life is the only platform that lets members Share Forward content over multiple generations

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Share Life Plus helps families create a tradition of documenting and Sharing Forward their family history, stories, memories, and knowledge over multiple generations. Share Life is the only platform that lets members Share Forward content over multiple generations.

Share Life uses an entry-based system to manage content. Based on their needs, members (Authors) may or may not date entries using YYYY, YYYY-MM, YYYY-MM-DD formats. To help ID the content of entries, Authors can apply up three Tags per entry and can create an unlimited number of Tags. Authors can write content and upload images, videos, and audio files.

Authors can name up to 25 Recipients and can Share entries with one or more recipients. Entries can also be shared Now or at a Scheduled Future Date. Authors can also Schedule entries to deliver to themselves, and can therefore send messages to “their future selves.”

Each Recipient is given access a custom list of entries that have been shared with them. Since all content is in the cloud, they can access their entries any time, anywhere. 

Most importantly, Recipients can become members (Authors) and can then create and share their own content and can Share Forward content they received from other Authors with their children and grandchildren. There is no limit on how many generations an entry can be Shared Forward.

All content members enter is private until it is shared with their recipients. Share Life is secure — it is hosted on Amazon Web Services servers and is built using the high performance / highly secure PHP yii2 framework.

 

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External sources that support the value of the Share Life concept.

“Family stories help shape identity and provide a foundation for navigating life events during adolescence and early adulthood.”

“We focus on one specific form of family story, intergenerational narratives about parents, which are the stories children hear about their parents growing up. These stories help frame a sense of connection between parent and child that reinforces family identity and values across generations.”

“Knowledge of family history and taking the perspective of family members when telling intergenerational narratives are related to well-being and identity development in adolescents.”

“Fivush, Bohanek, and Zaman (2011) found that adolescents who included more identity content in intergenerational narratives had higher well-being.” 

Functions of Parental Intergenerational Narratives Told by Young People

 

“Family stories provide a sense of identity through time, and help children understand who they are in the world”

“Teens who knew more stories about their extended family showed “higher levels of emotional well-being, and also higher levels of identity achievement”

Knowing Their Family History Helps Kids Cope

“Stories of the familial past seem to provide a guide for adolescents’ developing sense of self and identity beyond everyday patterns of family interaction. Through sharing the past, families recreate themselves in the present, and project themselves into the future.”

The Power of Family History in Adolescent Identity and Well-being

“Psychologists have found that every family has a unifying narrative, he explained, and those narratives take one of three shapes. 

First, the ascending family narrative: “Son, when we came to this country, we had nothing. Our family worked. We opened a store. Your grandfather went to high school. Your father went to college. And now you. …”

Second is the descending narrative: “Sweetheart, we used to have it all. Then we lost everything.”

“The most healthful narrative,” Dr. Duke continued, “is the third one. It’s called the oscillating family narrative: ‘Dear, let me tell you, we’ve had ups and downs in our family. We built a family business. Your grandfather was a pillar of the community. Your mother was on the board of the hospital. But we also had setbacks. You had an uncle who was once arrested. We had a house burn down. Your father lost a job. But no matter what happened, we always stuck together as a family.’ ”

Dr. Duke said that children who have the most self-confidence have what he and Dr. Fivush call a strong “intergenerational self.” They know they belong to something bigger than themselves.”

The Stories That Bind Us

“According to Fivush, Bohanek, and Duke (2008), regular family dinners, yearly vacations, and holiday celebrations contribute to the development of a strong sense of intergenerational self. This intergenerational self and the strength and guidance that seem to derive from it are associated with children’s increased resilience, better adjustment, and improved likelihood of overcoming challenges. It is what happens during these events that is key: family story telling. Sharing stories—stories about parents and grandparents, triumphs and failures—provides powerful models for children. Children understand who they are in the world through both their individual experience and through the filters of family stories that provide a sense of identity through historical time (Fiviush et al.,2008; Norris, Kuiack, & Pratt, 2004;Pratt & Fiese, 2004).”

The Power of Family History 

 

“Hearing these stories gave the children a sense of their history and a strong ‘intergenerational self’. Even if they were only nine, their identity stretched back 100 years, giving them connection, strength and resilience”

“Families often shield children from the truth but negative stories can be even more important than positive ones for fostering emotional resilience”

Why children need to know their family history

“According to research, the story or narrative we tell ourselves—especially the one we tell about our families—impacts our ability to be resilient. Researchers categorized these narratives in three ways. Below is description and example of each:

  • Ascending Narratives—Bottom-Top stories of “We had nothing, but we worked hard, and now we’re on top.”
  • Descending Narratives—Top-Bottom stories of “We used to be on top, but we lost everything. Now we’re here.”
  • Oscillating Narratives—Balanced stories of “I worked hard and got a great job, but then I was laid off. I was depressed at first, but then I saw it as an opportunity to rethink my career path. Then I got a new job that I love even more.”

The research found that the balanced or “oscillating” story is the most healthy—and most nuanced—of the narratives.”

Building Resilience: 3 Science-Backed Ways to Find Healing

“Research proves it. People who have a store of positve memories from childhood are generally happier and healthier, have better cognitive skills and are more tolerant of others. They are less likely to develop a mood disorder and are generally more optimistic and more able to cope with stress. Researchers have even found that young children who have had positive experiences with those who love them may develop a larger hippocampus, the brain region important for learning, memory and stress responses.”

The Importance of Making Positive Family Memories

“The more aware parents are of their own values, the clearer they will be in expressing them and communicating them to their children.”

“The more conscious parents are of the values they wish to pass on to their children and the more they know about effective ways of transmitting these values, the more likely it is that their values will be communicated and adopted.”

Values Matter: Using Your Values to Raise Caring, Responsible, Resilient Children

Share Life is about archiving and preserving, in one secure location, family history, stories, memories and knowledge for the benefit of current and future generations.

Share Life supports uploading images, video and audio files to help members build their family archive.