I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

Build traditions

on September 27, 2013

Family Standing Behind a Car at a Picnic SpotWhen I was a child, most families had traditions, but today it seems that people just don’t have time to keep or build any traditions.  Families used to eat together, play together, pray together.  Now it seems that everyone is just too busy to be bothered about having any traditions.   Family members have different schedules for work, school and other various activities, often passing each other going in or out of the house.   Traditions are no longer important to most people simply because they don’t have time.

If you don’t have time for building traditions, you are missing out on something very meaningful.   Traditions help family members connect and reassure them of how important they are.  They help people feel special, that they are loved and that they belong.   Traditions don’t have to take a long time, just a few minutes each day being together as a family is important.   Take a look at your priorities and determine what is important in your life.  Is it work, money, sports, watching TV?   These things don’t really provide you with much lasting happiness in life.  Good relationships with family and friends is much more important and fulfilling.

Take some time to build traditions and discover how rewarding it can be.  Here are some ideas:

  • special occasion family meals – birthdays, anniversaries, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas
  • weekly pizza night
  • annual camping trip
  • back to school shopping trip
  • daily walk
  • weekly games night
  • once-a-month family dance party or sing-a-long
  • weekly cookie bake
  • weekly BBQ
  • nightly bedtime story (for young children)
  • family trip to get a pumpkin or Christmas tree
  • annual family fishing derby
  • weekly church participation
  • Popcorn and movie night
  • Summer or winter vacation

There are lots of ideas for creating traditions with family and friends.  Think of some that you would enjoy doing with your family, then get together and make it happen!  Start building some traditions that will follow you throughout life.  Great traditions make life special.  Enjoy!!


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