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:

New dads: take paternity leave

Get involved in parenting your child from day one.

Activities:

Read aloud to your children

Reading together is a great way to spend time with your children, whatever their age.