Establishing Family Rituals & Traditions
The term 'family ritual' means a family custom/tradition that develops over time and can be passed down from one generation to the next. Of course, you could be thinking about some traditions in your own family that were a real drag! And some of you may have great memories of specific customs that you shared with your family as a child, and may continue to do so. Others may not have such memories. What is important to you and your baby is that you can begin to enjoy spending special time together, developing your own family rituals.
Note: Research on modern family life shows that children develop a sense of security, warmth and belongingness from sharing repeated enjoyable activities over time with parents and other valued family members - the establishment of family rituals.
As Baby grows you will include other events that will become family rituals. As an example, one of ours was Friday night 'pizza night' whether it was a take-away or homemade which began when the boys were very young. Over the years we finally reached the stage where we decided that making our own pizzas was far more satisfying than a take-away. So when friends came over on Friday nights, they all knew that they were in for making their own 'signature' pizza created and cooked to their liking. BUT, on Friday nights when the boys were in their last years of school they started part-time jobs ... at take-away pizza cafes!