The Magic of Family Traditions

Paper chain family protected in cupped handsThink back to when you were a kid. What do you remember the most about your childhood? I bet you aren’t thinking of the gifts you got, I bet you are thinking of the time you spent with your family.  It might be the family traditions that made you and your family unique and special.

According to Meg Cox, author of The Book of New Family Traditions, family traditions, “…include a heightened attentiveness and something extra that lifts it above the ordinary ruts.” Traditions can add magic to our everyday lives, and that magic is what we remember the most.

Research has shown that families who have their own traditions have a higher sense of security and well-being. This is especially important for young children as they crave stability and a sense of security from their family unit.

There are different types of family traditions that are all equally important:

1. Daily Traditions

These are the everyday things you do together as a family like sitting down for family dinner or walking the dog together. These daily rituals help contribute to a sense of family stability for children.

2. Weekly Traditions

Same as daily traditions but just done once a week. Maybe it’s visiting grandma for dinner, or reading a bedtime story. Whatever the tradition, your family has to wait a little bit longer than each day to perform the tradition.

3. Life-Long Traditions

These are the traditions that happen infrequently and make a child’s experience the most memorable. Maybe it’s decorating the Christmas tree the day before Christmas, or eating as many grapes as you can on New Years Eve for good luck. What ever that may be, these life-long traditions are what your children will carry on throughout their adult life.

But let’s admit that sometimes family traditions get old. Maybe it’s because your children are getting older or they start to dread decorating the tree at Christmas time, whatever the reason it’s important to introduce new family traditions to your family to keep the magic alive.

And that new tradition can simply be reading a new bedtime story to your children.


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