Family Traditions

Why creating special family memories is important to children.

Family Traditions

Do you have memories of special traditions from your childhood?  These traditions are what sets one family apart from another and become the special stories that get passed down from grandparent to parent to child.

Dr. Harley Rotbart, author of No Regrets Parenting offers ideas on how to create those one-of-a-kind traditions. “The keys to traditions are repetition and anticipation. If every quarter birthday, you serve your kids a quarter of a cupcake and if ever half birthday they get a half a cupcake, that’s something that is unique to your family. If you hang balloons around the kitchen table a night before your child’s birthday and they come downstairs and find those balloons and look forward to it all week, that’s a unique family tradition. And that’s what traditions do. Traditions are trigger points, they’re Pavlovian, they remind us of happy times.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Harley Rotbart, author of No Regrets Parenting.

Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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