Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Gather Around the Dinner Table

Tea time with siblings
My aunt and uncle created a great tradition for their family. Each night as they gather around the dinner table, each family member is invited to share the following:
1. A moment they felt good about during their day (high of the day)
2. A moment in their day that didn't go so well (low of the day)
3. Something they are grateful for

Each time I would visit my cousins' home for dinner, I was also invited to participate. I always enjoyed hearing my young cousins share their experiences. As I listened, I watched my aunt and uncle ask questions and the conversation often developed into teaching moments.

It doesn't matter what the activity is, but it is important for parents to take time to listen to their children. Quality time together strengthens relationships between parents and children, and creates an opportunity for parents to better understand what is going on in their children's lives. gives some great tips on areas to create family rituals, and how they strengthen relationships and contribute to healthy development:

Important Conversations: Find a time and place where your children can share questions or concerns with you.
Recreation and Cultural Activities: Move your muscles together, learn about a new culture together.
Shopping: Have fun together!
Reading and Singing Aloud: Create memories together as you sing at the top of your lungs together.
Holiday Traditions: Children will remember the traditions established at a young age.
Spiritual Pursuits: Help your children establish morals and values.

What family rituals have you created in order to spend quality family time together?

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