As Anton Ego put it in the movie Ratatouille, "... you know what I'm craving? A little perspective. That's it. I'd like some fresh, clear, well seasoned perspective. Can you suggest a good wine to go with that?"
Throughout the years I
have come to have a deep respect for the role family rituals and
traditions have on the healthy state of our family.
For many years I worked as
a Family Consultant with Once Upon A Family and picked up a few ideas.
Although traditions in our home have had seasons of success and seasons
of rest or have had to be modified and/or changed to fit our family's
needs, they still exist!
Each issue of 4 Traditions features ideas I have gathered and/or created that you can use or modify to fit your family's needs.
The Family Reading Tree
Get everyone excited
about what they will be reading and learning this year! Create a Family
Reading Tree out of green and brown construction paper and glue it onto
poster board. Cut out bright autumn colored paper leaves that will
represent each new book each family member will read. Use the leaves as
bookmarks, and as a family member finishes a book, write their name and
the book's title on the leaf and attach it to the tree. Watch as your
family fills the tree with leaves throughout the year. Reading is not
just for those who are in school, the whole family can be proud of their
accomplishments. Get your kids excited about school by constructing
this tree on the weekend before school starts. Be sure to take a photo
of your children holding the Family Reading Tree at the end of the
Bus Stop Breakfast Bash
Organize a neighborhood
breakfast bash on the first day of school. Bring doughnuts, bagels, hot
chocolate, juice and milk for the young students and their parents to
enjoy as they wait for the bus. If your children do not take a bus you
can invite your neighbors to stop by your drive way for a Breakfast
Bash. This is a perfect way for your children to get to know their
classmates that live in your neighborhood, and a great opportunity for
you to meet their parents. This photo moment can be collaged into a
"Back to School" book or online album.
When I grow up
with the arrival of fall, and the anticipation of a new school year
comes the feeling of new beginnings and limitless possibilities. Each
year before your child's first day of school ask them what they want to
be when they grow up. Write their answers on apple shaped cards made
from red construction paper. Put these cards with our child's goals and
dreams in a "Back to School" book or on line album along with their
annual photo. You and your children will love looking back at all of
the different dreams they had when they were younger.
Start and End the Year off Right
sure to make a special breakfast to start eh school year off right.
Make an elaborate feast, maybe waffles with whipped cream and fresh
strawberries, or Eggs Benedict- anything but the usual scrambles eggs
and toast. Let your kids select the menu and do the grocery shopping
together to prepare this special meal. Wake up early and set the table
with your best dishes, turn on background music and really make this
meal special. You can do the same to celebrate the last day of school
too. If preparing an elaborate feast is not your thing, anything that
is unusual can become a first day of school tradition. Maybe spelling
out "Have a great day" with berries on their breakfast plate, a first
day of school blessing card beside their napkin or a first day of school
note inside their lunch box. If it is outside the normal than it helps
start and end the year off right.