Family rituals are important

“I believe family rituals are important. Sunday is our special family day. John cooks everyone breakfast and we have a family dinner together. We try to have a family activity or outing that we all choose together. This helps the children know how important they are to us – that they count to us, they are special. One of the important things about this ritual is that it creates order, a reliable pattern, within the chaos of busy lives.” – Julia Anderson, wife of John Anderson, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.

  • Create a family ritual that is consistent. Whether it is one whole day each week spent together or one hour, just make sure that it happens regularly.
  • Allow everyone in the family to participate in the decision about what to do. Have a game night, enjoy a special breakfast, go on an outing together, but let everyone have input.
  • Block out this family time. Don’t schedule other activities during that time. Keep it sacred!

Tips:

Let kids know they are loved

Parenting is not always easy. But even in the difficult times, tell your child you love them.

Tips:

Schedule work around your family

If your work situation requires it, get up earlier in the morning and get a couple of hours work done before having breakfast with the family, or work a couple of hours in the evening after the children are in bed, rather than miss out on spending time with your family.