Creating a Family Tradition – A Fatherhood Legacy Story

An interview with Matt Hearn

What do you want your children to remember of you?

After realising my family enjoyed my home made pizza I added it as a weekly menu item on Friday nights, and declared I was starting a Family Pizza Night tradition.

Friday night was good because we had no other activities so it allows my kids (six and four year old) to get involved. Initially they helped roll out the dough and “decorate” their pizza with their favourite toppings. Now they even help me mix the ingredients to make the dough. We all put on our aprons and stand in a line at the bench as we decorate. It takes about 3 times longer but it’s at least that many times more enjoyable.

At their young age they may not easily remember the one-off things we’ve done together but I feel confident they’ll remember this repeated tradition.

Tips:

Give your child something that belongs to you while you are away

If you will be away from home for a while due to work or travel commitments, younger children especially will love to have something of yours that they can hold, smell and even sleep with while you are away.

Tips:

Set at-home office hours

If you work from home, set boundaries to work time so it doesn’t crowd out family time.