Family traditions root our children in their pasts and strengthen them to grow and branch out into their futures.
Most of us think about holiday events or practices when asked about family traditions. But they don’t need to be limited to special days. A tradition is a custom, belief or practice we pass down from one generation to another. It can have special significance like getting married in great-great grandmother’s wedding gown, or be as silly as a family victory dance.
Traditions help children to feel safe, grounded, in their families. They help children to remember who they are, where they came from, who is always going to be on their side. Into adulthood family traditions continue to have a strong influence on us. They help to tie extended family members together. They help us remember those who went before us.
Here are some quick ideas for traditions to establish for your family. Please don’t try to adopt all of them. Add one or two each year to your family’s customs.
The possibilities are endless. Expense and bother are not required to turn ordinary activities into family traditions.
What are you thankful for today? Remember your ABCs of Gratitude. Today is the T day. How handy!
I am grateful to God for Traditions. They add security, joy, and fun to my life.
And I’m thankful for Teaching and Teachers. What an awesome responsibility and joy it is to lead someone else along the path of lifelong learning. Introducing people to new things and helping them remember important old things.