One of the easiest aspects of family life to recognize learning opportunities with Family Traditions - the way we celebrate moments in our life.
These links will be developed as the year progresses:
Growing in Wisdom (Stature and Favour with Men and God)
National Day of Thanksgiving (Australia)
A tradition is something that happens over and over again, with regularity and expectancy. But it doesn't have to be something that Great Grandma did - you can start a new one today!
If you have a value, a moment that you want to be remembered in your family - begin to celebrate it each year. Create activities and food, smells and rituals that can be repeated each year - once you start on this path - you have just created a new Family Tradition!
Family Traditions impact our family in many ways:
- They instill into your children your family values
- They strengthen family identity
- They connect generations, older to younger and younger to older
- They build great memories which builds up relationships
- They make us stop in the bustle of the busy day and remember the important things in life.
Society offers us many such situations to celebrate and remember – Christmas, National Holidays, Birthdays – but as I’ve said, we can create our own. What is important to your family?
Though Christmas is highly commercialized these days, it is still the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Before you start planning for Christmas this year, I encourage you to know why you do what you do.
How do you celebrate? Do your celebrations reflect your values? Are you making the most of this season to touch your children's hearts? Restoring the Heart, Mind and Soul of Christmas is a workshop style e-book that will help you think through these things and be sure that you are building your celebrations on your beliefs.
Easter is another Christian Celebration that has been commercialized by the world. Often the significance of this Celebration is lost amongst all the chocolate and bunnies! As Christians we need to reclaim this most important celebration – it is after all the center point of our faith.
How is your family going to celebrate Easter? How are you going to help your child focus on Jesus instead of Chocolate? We need to be intentional and committed to our goal. This does not mean we don’t have fun with our children – after all it is a celebration – but we must focus on the right reason for that celebration.
More thoughts about other traditions will be posted here as the year progresses. Please keep in touch through Live Life with your Kids Blog
for updates as they appear.
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