Family traditions create special moments to remember all year round. Mighty Mommy has 6 ways to incorporate fun traditions into your family life.
The holiday season is probably the most popular time for practicing family traditions. But the rituals we share with our families are important to observe all year long, not just during the holidays. They don’t have to be extravagant, time consuming, or tied into ethnicity (unless you want them to be).
Traditions can be as simple as reading to your child every night, having a movie and popcorn night every Friday, or discussing things you are grateful for around the dinner table each evening. Traditions are the glue that keeps a family together. We all have busy lives, and adding a small tradition here or there can make all the difference in maintaining and strengthening your family bonds.
Don’t be discouraged, however, if you don’t have many traditions in place just yet. The beauty is that you can start them any time, any place, and your newfound traditions will still have a positive impact on your entire family regardless of how old they are.
Here are 6 ideas to get you started in establishing traditions and rituals in your home:
Tip # 1: Evaluate What You’re Already Doing
Before you plunge into new finding new rituals, assess what you’re already doing first. Evaluate things like what you do on each holiday. How do you celebrate your children’s birthdays? Do you celebrate the first or last days of school? What about seasonal activities such as visiting the pumpkin patch or tagging a Christmas tree during the holidays, or Easter Egg hunts every Easter Sunday?
As a family, ask how important these things are to you. For example, in our family of 8 kids, my husband always picks the birthday child up from school early, takes him or her out to lunch and then for an afternoon of doing whatever activity the child chooses—just the two of them. Our 7-year-old daughter just celebrated her special day by going roller skating and then shopping for accessories and furniture for her doll house. My husband was a good sport and catered to her every whim and ended up actually enjoying the visit to the doll store because he saw how excited she was. Successful family rituals and traditions should be fun, frequent, flexible, and simple. Make a list of these things you already do on a regular basis and fine-tune the ones that can become regular traditions.