Guest Blogger: Disciplines necessary for forming and sustaining family traditions


On the #1 tee at Tradition Golf Club before the final round of the 8th Annual Myrtle Beach golf trip

On the #1 tee at Tradition Golf Club before the final round of the 8th Annual Myrtle Beach golf trip

Family traditions are rituals, practices and       beliefs of a family that are handed down from one generation to the next. Family traditions or family cultures are an aggregate of attitudes, ideas and ideals that someone inherits. Such traditions would include:

  • a parent reading a book for their children just before they go to bed
  • having the Christmas meals with grandparents every year
  • going to the library once a week
  • having a family meeting once every week

Family traditions, therefore, are those special ways of doing things over and over again. It is important that family traditions make our families stronger. When you use a muscle in your body over and over again, that muscle will grow stronger. In the same way, repeated shared traditions give the family stability and a feeling of belonging. These traditions we form in our families should, therefore, be meaningful6

Here are some advantages attached to developing family traditions:-

  • It increases children’s sense of security and well-being
  • it helps children recall pleasant family memories and hold onto them as they live life
  • it helps re-enforce values
  • children feel more confident and optimistic about the future

For any family to develop and sustain its traditions, it is important to consider aspects like consistency, purpose, intention, well-understood objectives, collective effort/input, availability, and love. With these, we are sure of developing meaningful and long-lasting traditions.

Contributor:

Agatha Kisakye

Lead Consultant and Director

Child Protection Consult LTD

P.O Box 6333, Kampala, TEL: 0752628946

Photo creditshttp://www.foter.com

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