Friday, February 4, 2011

Mothering BootCamp - Creating Traditions

In our series Mothering Bootcamp, I want to talk about Creating Family Traditions. 

Sadly, many of us modern day families have lost many of the traditions of old. Traditions that are in fact, glue for our families.

I know growing up we did not have many traditions. I don't think it was because my mother lacked the desire... but she worked 12 hours a day outside the home and of course had little energy left at the end of the day. We ate dinner together at the family table, celebrated some classic American calender holidays (as many families do)  but that was pretty much the extent of traditions in our home, at least as far as I can remember.  

When I was younger, I used to think that traditions were pretty meaningless and a bit silly to be honest (why put forth the effort?) But when I grew up and had my own family,  I saw that the LACK of traditions created some type of void, and even boredom!
That inspired me to start creating some family traditions for my own family. Ideas from past generations flooded my mind as I thought about the homewife of old, how she was the rock of her family, how her held her family together and how she created wonderful memories for her children by the traditions she practiced. 
   Slowly I incorporated the things I thought my family would enjoy the most. I realized that I could make it fun, cool and interesting. I didn't have to be a slave to the kitchen, but I could nourish my family and the little souls around me in easy ways too.
    Today I hope to inspire you to begin creating deeper tradition in your home life -  for your family, for your children and believe it or not, for you. You will see that creating traditions in your family means closer family bonding, closer relationships and a deeper sense of connection.  So I'll be jotting down some easy-to-implement traditions that you can start using in your own family today - traditions that you will come to love and appreciate, as will everyone in your family! You can start wherever you are right now. Ready for some fun?

Love, Mellisa

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