g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Natural Living
Folklore and Mythology
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Full Schedule
g Moms Site

BellaOnline's Moms Editor


Creating Family Traditions

Guest Author - Lisa Polovin Pinkus

Through the use of ritual and tradition, parents can empower their children with skills that will strengthen communication, develop self-acceptance, and create healthy coping mechanisms for difficult times. Though it is never too late to develop family traditions, if started when children are young, they will become healthy family habits that can last until your children are young adults. They may even continue the traditions when they start families of their own.

Here are four thoughts to get you started:

1. Create traditions around holidays and birthdays. More than just gathering the family together for special occasions, create specific rituals to attach to each holiday and/or childís birthday. At Thanksgiving for example, create a custom where every member of the family expresses something he or she is grateful for. Or, each year for your childís birthday, decorate the table before he or she wakes up and serve a special breakfast. Save childrenís artwork through the years and hang it when the appropriate holiday arrives. Itís easy to store artwork in plastic tubs you can keep under your bed or stacked in a cabinet in the garage.

2. Pick a weekend night to all stay in together. Let young children stay up late and have movie night. Eat dinner on the couch, serve popcorn and cuddle up together. Better yet, instead of a movie, make it family game night. There are so many great games that all ages can enjoy!

3. When the weather cools off where you live, itís the perfect time to go for a family walk. If you have a park nearby, you can play on the slides or kick a soccer ball around. If you only have thirty minutes before bedtime, itís still a moment to seize. Skip the baths and showers for a weekly walk around the block.

4. A cherished ritual can be as simple as reading to children before bed. You can spend individual time with each of them, reading a book they have selected or you can pick a book the whole family can enjoy and read together. Even older children appreciate being read to.

Family traditions do not have to be elaborate or cost a lot of money. Dedicating time to be with family each week Ė or even each day Ė will have a long lasting impact on your children. Not only will you enhance family relationships, you will also demonstrate to your children how much you value your time together. Ritual and tradition has long been a part of religions, cultures and families. I encourage you to spend time creating your own family customs.
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Creating+Family+Traditions to Twitter Add Creating+Family+Traditions to Facebook Add Creating+Family+Traditions to MySpace Add Creating+Family+Traditions to Digg Creating+Family+Traditions Add Creating+Family+Traditions to Yahoo My Web Add Creating+Family+Traditions to Google Bookmarks Add Creating+Family+Traditions to Stumbleupon Add Creating+Family+Traditions to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Moms Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2018 by Lisa Polovin Pinkus. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lisa Polovin Pinkus. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.


g features
Mom Rejuvenators

My Daughters Self Image

Moms Can Relax After the Holidays

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Note: BellaOnline uses cookies to help provide a consistent user experience. Our advertisers may use cookies to help customize ads. Please contact us with any question about our cookie use.

Summertime Foods
Corn on the Cob
Burgers on the Grill
Apple Pie


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2018 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor