Thursday, May 5, 2016

Fighting for Family Rituals

We sit every morning at the kitchen table, cups of tea in hand, ruminating over our day ahead. It starts the day off right and our little family ritual helps hold our family tight.

Kisses good-bye, hugs before bed, shutting off the TV for time together, spending time outside in nature, popcorn and movie night every Friday. These things we fight for because they are the glue that binds our family together.
Knit and woven are we to traditions, daily moments that the kids count on.
Prayers before meals, talking about one positive thing that happened that day over dinner, sitting down each night together for a family meal. 
A family wide trip to the lake each summer...
These traditions are hard to keep going at times. It seems like as a Mother, I have a lot stacked against me to continue small rituals. Phones are buzzing, days are busy and stressful, the kids are active and busy with outside activities, other responsibilities tug at me.
But when I hear them talk about memories....the good ones, the ones that really count and make them who they are's always centered around our traditions.
Discipline means sometimes doing things even when you don't feel like it, to achieve something you love.
So I fight to keep these traditions going.
And I know it's never too late to start a new one.
To begin something that changes your family's story forever.

Wishing you a lovely Mother's Day!



LL Farm said...

This is lovely and so true! Every day's what shapes our children.

Carol Blanchet said...

I couldn't agree more! I think that our family traditions give us a sense of identity - who we are! For example, your "that family" that takes a lake vacation every year. You're "that family" with the kids who love their farm animals. And how sweet it is to be "that family" who loves to be together for family night!
You and your husband are doing a great job raising beautiful, thoughtful, caring children.
Hugs to you, Mama!

XO from the West Side

Gumbo Lily said...

You are a wise mother.
Happy Mother's Day, Julia!


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