This time of year, perhaps more than any other, is a time when many family traditions are played out. No matter what ethnicity, religion, or belief system, people all over the world seem to be holding tradition of some kind. Tradition is vitally important in keeping societies, cultures, and families together. Kids absolutely love tradition, and want to be an integral part of it. Tradition can draw even the surliest of teens out if they have participated in it at a younger child.
Here are 4 great reasons to make the special effort to create and maintain your own unique traditions:
1. Tradition provides constancy, predictability, and consistency. In an ever changing and often stressful and very fast paced world, the contrast of a rock solid given in our lives is very inviting. It provides a chance to slow the pace, let our guards down, and enjoy what is happening in the present moment.
2. People of all ages find comfort and security in tradition. For young and old alike, traditions serve as anchors in our lives. They can make us feel more grounded when life can be otherwise quite uncertain.
3. Tradition promotes togetherness, connection, and belonging. Now more than ever families are scattered both geographically and emotionally. At our deepest and most basic level, people need connection and belonging. Tradition can be the catalyst that will draw family members from far away and allow them to put differences aside, in order get that connection and sense of belonging that we all crave.
4. Bridges across generations are created by tradition. Often one generation will not understand the other, and feel there is little commonality between them. Where there is a divide between generations, traditions provide a common ground from which the young and old can share time and enjoyment, and create bonds that otherwise may not exist.
If you find yourself short of tradition, or are in need of more of the things mentioned above, it is never too late to start creating new and fun traditions that will serve you well in the many years to come. May you find joy and peace in your traditions, new and old, this holiday season and throughout the whole year.
Leslie Ferris is a certified life coach serving the parents of struggling tweens, teens, and young adults. Read more about her on her website at www.phase2foryou.com. Also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. Click here to read more articles written by Leslie. Take advantage of her 1/2 hour complimentary sessions to determine if life coaching is right for you!
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