Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Family Traditions Can Be a Rock in Pitching Sea of Life

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Family Traditions Can Be a Rock in Pitching Sea of Life

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We're entering the peak season for family traditions: enjoying the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade while cooking the turkey and trimmings - sharing reasons to be thankful around the dinner table - playing board games with extended family after a large holiday meal - setting up a model train around the Christmas tree.. watching "It's a Wonderful Life" after attending Christmas Eve services as a family. Many of our fondest memories are centered on traditions, activities or patterns of behavior that help us bond with our families. Often these traditions are a link to past and future generations.

When I was a young child, I remember, my grandparents would take my family to dinner at Helen's Restaurant on Evansville's west side after church almost every Sunday. They often shared stories from my deceased father's childhood. This was precious time spent with them, creating special memories I can call up now that they've passed on.

Even though today's family looks a lot differently than families of a generation or two ago, traditions still are an important part of family life and the foundation of strong family ties. Today's families are busier than ever, but it's still important to fit in simple traditions that help children and teens look forward to time with family members and to establish a sense of belonging.

Denise Witmer offers five reasons to observe family traditions on about.com Parenting Teens

1: Family traditions create good feelings and special moments to remember. They create positive emotions and memories that will last a lifetime. It's always a sweet moment when your older children remember wonderful times shared when they were younger.

2: Family traditions give every member of the family a stronger sense of belonging. Time spent together strengthens the bonds you have with each other.

3: Family traditions help your children or teens with their identity. When teens are trying to figure out who they are, it helps to know that they belong. …

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