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Traditions With Family

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I spent the better part of the day yesterday on the couch watching the Academy Awards. I watch it in real life with my kids and virtually through text with my mom and my sister. We look forward to this day all year long.

Do I really care that much about the Oscars? Not really. I have barely seen any of the movies. I think I love it so much because it's a family tradition. I remember being a kid and staying home that Sunday and watching with my mom on the couch. It was just something we did together. I'm sure it wasn't intentional at the time; but it has become a family tradition.

Time passes no matter what but time can be made more special when it becomes a tradition. For instance, you make breakfast most days of the week. Why not make Sunday a pancake fun day? Or make the first day of Spring a day for a family outing? Traditions can be big or small. But they become special because they are done routinely and engage one another.

We all want to belong. Traditions help create a sense of belonging to your family. Some traditions teach values such as Sunday school, prayers or going to church or temple as a family. Some traditions connect one generation to another. Grandparents can share traditions with their grandchildren. They give you something to look forward to and help create a lifetime of memories.

You probably have more traditions than you realize. Do you take pictures of the kids on first day of school? Go to Grandma's house for Christmas? Carve pumpkins as a family before Halloween?

Here are 5 tips to creating some traditions for your family....

1) Go slow. Choose only ones you know you can stick to. They will lose meaning if you try to do too much.

2) Choose a daily tradition for your family. Maybe a bedtime routine or eating as a family.

3) Choose a weekly tradition for your family. Family game night? French Toast Fridays?

4) Choose an annual tradition for your family. Going to church on Christmas Eve? Working at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving? A family fun run on New Year's Day? An annual vacation?

5) Don't be normal. What I mean is don't just go along with the usual holiday traditions. Create something that is totally unique to just your family. Maybe pick a day of the year that is your family holiday and everyone always agrees to take off and doing something fun?

I truly believe that in today's crazy times that traditions can strengthen a family and bring you closer together!