Family means everything to me. The relationships that we have with our loved ones help mold us into the people we grow to become. Without a doubt, my mom and siblings have influenced me in so many ways, and I’m sure that they would say the same about me. The times we shared together as kids created an unbreakable bond that has carried over into adulthood.
I am now at that point in my life where starting a family of my own is weighing heavy on my mind. Wondering what type of mother I’ll be, how my marriage will change (because it will), and how my child(ren) will turn out to be. I want a close knit family that loves spending time together. I truly believe that one great way to achieve this closeness is by starting and continuing family traditions. Jan and I may not have kids just yet, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t get into the habit of having a few family tradition(s) with just us two.
Something as simple as breakfast together is a good start for us. Every weekend we sit to have breakfast together. From preparing the meal together, to setting the table and dining together, and even the cleanup. During the weekdays we aren’t able to do this due to our work schedules, so breakfast together on the weekends is a must. If time were a little slower than maybe we could do something as simple as this everyday. Since that isn’t our current reality, this is the next best thing, and I love it.
If you are looking for fun and engaging traditions to start with your family, here are a few ideas to consider.
- Family Meals: Share a meal together as a family. Choose whichever meal of the day that’s most convenient for everyone in your home. A lot of families now a days completely skip out on having a meal together, or they let TV and phones distract them from having quality family time. Let’s bring the family back to the table to enjoy delicious food and each others company.
- Game / Movie Night: Game night and movie night are both fun and affordable ways to bond and spend time together as a family. Alternate the two if you can’t decide on one! Allow everyone a chance to pick a game or choose a movie… and don’t forget the snacks! Jan and I occasional babysit our nieces and nephews overnight, and we always have a movie night. We order pizza, pop popcorn, build a fort… Jan and I practically become kids again.
- Cook Together: I love cooking with Jan. We have our traditional weekend breakfast, and we occasionally cook dinner or at least meal prep together. I usually tend to be a little less willing to cook on weekdays… but lucky me, I got a man who loves to cook, and he’s damn good at it!
- The Peak and The Pit: I love love love this! All you do is simply take turns sharing something positive and negative that happened during the week/month. This is a great way to get everyone talking. The topics and stories that people share make for great conversation. Doing this with your loved ones also provides a safe place for everyone to express themselves.
Annual / Seasonal
- Vacation / Getaway Together: Vacations are always great. It’s nice to go some place different to explore and experience new things. At the same time, you don’t have to go some place far to have a good time. It could be a fun weekend getaway to your favorite town, a one day family beach trip, or even a trip to an amusement park. My mom would take my siblings and I to Great America every summer when we were kids, and we loved it. That was our Disney Land. Do whatever works for your family… and your wallet.
- Holiday Shenanigans: Whether it’s trimming the Christmas tree, dressing up every Halloween, or watching the fireworks on the pier every 4th of July, holidays are perfect for traditions. As a kid my favorite holiday tradition was decorating the Christmas tree. I still love it to this day!
- Family Prayer: Pray as a family. It could be over a meal, or it could be a morning or bed time ritual. Even if your family isn’t religious, make time for meaningful conversations on anything positive in your life and use this time to express gratitude.
What are some of your favorite family traditions?
“The days are long, but the years are short.”