One of the casualties of today’s fast paced life is the diminishing importance given to family traditions or rituals. Many of us can remember the important family rituals associated with specific events that made the occasion more special – for instance, involvement of the family in preparing sweets during certain festivals, or distributing food and clothes during Diwali or Christmas to the needy. According to verywell.com, “Family traditions give every member of the family a stronger sense of belonging. Being a part of a family is more than living in the same home or having the same last name. It is about relationships and family bonds. Since family traditions are something you do together, they can strengthen your relationship.”
Sharing cultural beliefs and family traditions with children are very important, as by doing this, parents and grandparents can instil in them a sense of family pride and values. Family traditions such as Sunday brunches, Friday night ice cream parties or monthly movie nights can instil in children a sense of family pride and a build lifelong happy memories. With changing times, families can come up with new practices to add to the list of existing customs; father-son or mother-daughter bonding times or family camping trips during summer vacations can be the new traditions to help the family bond and enjoy.
Family traditions need not be always grandiose. The important thing is to do something together as a family with continuity – for enjoyment and a sense of belonging. Children who grow up with family traditions often have a greater sense of security and the ability to handle stress.
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