Traditions are family rituals that happen over and over again.
Traditions shape a child’s personal identity
Traditions form good memories for kids
If you ask me about my childhood memories and our traditions I would say we had 3 of them.
1. When I was a small child every weekend I and my parents would go to visit my grandparents.
2. Every summer was at my grandmother’s house – driving a bike, eating pancakes and helping my grandma to go around the house.
3. Every bigger celebration such as Christmas or Easter all of us, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and children were celebrating together. We would gather all the time in grandmother’s home and have a fun time together.
Whenever I think of it, it makes me smile. Maybe it doesn’t look so fun at that point in time, but this is something that remains in your memories for a lifetime. I still can tell you my favorite soup my grandmother was making, how my grandfather taught me to drive a bike and how we were always waiting for barbeques during some celebration in my grandparents’ house!
Even small traditions help us to bond with those we love
There is a reason we intentionally maintain and create traditions – it’s because they bring meaning to our celebrations and help us bond. Traditions create a family spirit, nurture it and make us happier to be close to each other.
More importantly, traditions create positive memories for children. Children crave the warmth and promise that comes with traditions. They anchor family members to each other and provide a sense of belonging.
Traditions are must-have in every family. They make us who we are, build our relationships and help to get us together. Never lost them, or if any of them is lost, create new ones! Such as we did – family trips together!