The holidays provide a perfect opportunity to share family legacy through stories of events, family fun and family hardship. These anecdotes help us feel connected, convey our legacy, generate pride and impart lasting life lessons.
Opportunities to share family legacy
Traveling, shopping, cooking, taking a walk or watching a sporting event all present opportunities to tell your children and grandchildren stories that convey family values in a way that isn’t lecturing. Sharing a memory about life “back when” can get them laughing and asking questions, setting the stage for you to demonstrate a value important to the family. Be prepared with a few stories that demonstrate the family’s values.
Family story ideas
Be ready when a teachable moment presents itself
A little preparation can improve the chances of making family legacy meaningful to your children and grandchildren.
And if you are stumped, there are businesses that specialize in helping you assemble family photos, document your stories, create a family tree and produce videos to tell the family’s story.
Children care about family legacy
A recent survey of children in high-net-worth families showed that 9 out of 10 children surveyed claimed that the “most important thing they will inherit is their parents’ values,” and the majority of these children want to “sustain and build on their family’s legacy.”1
The holidays are a perfect time for reflection and communication; and what better way to communicate family values than through stories.
The attorneys in our Private Client and Family Office Group help with all facets of wealth transfer, including passing along the family’s legacy to the next generation. Contact your Warner attorney or Susan Gell Meyers at 616.752.2184 or email@example.com to learn how we can help you prepare your future generations for wealth stewardship.
12018 Wells Fargo Private Bank survey – “Children of Millionaires”