Family Ritual: The Making of “Us”

Kids love traditions and rituals because they foster a sense of belonging and security. We know that most children thrive on routine, so family rituals add depth to those desires for structure. Sure, those Labor Day barbecues or Thanksgiving gatherings are great but don’t wait for major holidays to create a family ritual. Make traditions part of your family culture, and celebrate them often. Things that celebrate your family values like game nights, bed-time routines, annual vacations, or beach clean-ups can add greatly to your family’s sense of “we-ness.” Research shows that children with routines have more confidence, a greater sense of identity, exhibit better social skills and perform better in school. In this workshop you will learn tips for creating traditions that support your family values. Both families who practice religion and those who do not will leave with practical ideas for exciting, family-focused fun.