No other success can compensate for failure in the home. David O McKay
The Family: A Proclamation to the World says: ... Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.
Family Traditions: A successful family is one rich in family traditions. Traditions bring a sense of belonging, safety and love to its family members. Time spent together in wholesome activities or just everyday routines bring family members closer together. It strengthens the bond, gives a sense of belonging, and creates a closeness that is necessary to nurture and teach. It gives us memories to cherish through out our lives. Some of those traditions we take with us and continue in our own families. Some we do not. Each family is unique.
Here are a few ideas of Family Traditions:
Family and individual Scripture study
Blessings on the food
Family Home Evening
Ask what was learned at church during Sunday dinner
Give a Bible or Book of Mormon on 8th birthday
Give a Father's blessing before the start of each new school year
Let family member choose dinner menu on birthday
Make heart shaped cookies or cupcakes for Valentines day (put a marble on the outside of the paper liner, then bake, to make heart shaped cupcakes).
Color Easter Eggs
Family breakfast and candy hunt on the Saturday before Easter. We also make Resurrection rolls for Easter dinner.
Go out to breakfast as a family on the 4th of July and then to the parade.
Make a green dinner or all meals for St. Patrick's Day.
Before eating Thanksgiving dinner, go around the table and have each person tell what they are most thankful for.
Read the Nativity Story on Christmas Eve
New PJ's for Christmas Eve
New ornament each year for each child (when they leave home they take them with them)
Give a hug and kiss each night before bed
Say I love you every day
Have children come and check in when they get home at night
Read a bedtime story
Take walks together; this is a great time to talk
Go as a family and support family members at concerts, plays or sporting events.
Take a child to lunch by their self and just let them talk to you and ask questions.
What are some of the traditions your family enjoy?