This family traditions post is part of a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch’s. I received product samples to facilitate my review, and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Family traditions are a great way to make memories that your children will keep for a lifetime. They don’t have to be complicated….sitting down to dinner every night can be a family tradition all by itself. Wikipedia defines family traditions as a collection of attitudes and ideas that a person inherits from his/her parents and ancestors. I sat down to dinner every night with MY parents…and have passed that tradition on to my children. Think you can’t make family dinner time work? Check out my tips for a successful family dinner for a few suggestions. Maybe your family tradition is to drive around looking at Christmas lights on Christmas eve. Or maybe you want to make going to Disney for Thanksgiving your family tradition. Whatever it is you choose, passing on family traditions to your child will give them memories that they can pass on to their own children.
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One of my favorite family traditions is our Black Friday hiking trip. Black Friday is the most heavily shopped day of the entire year and in an effort to boycott the insanity of it all, my husband and I take the kids hiking instead. We avoid the crowds,the hustle and bustle, and the over the top commercialism of Black Friday by leaving our wallets, electronics, and stress at home while we enjoy a bit of solitude out in the woods. It gives us a time to connect with our teens who are on the verge of thinking that time with mom and dad is just so uncool. We gladly drag along any friends or family members who are visiting for Thanksgiving and it is always a great day of connecting with nature.
Making sure to have family traditions for your children is important as they grow up. Studies have shown that children who are raised with family traditions:
- Have a stronger sense of belonging.
- Are more apt to adopt their parent’s set of family values.
- Feel more secure, knowing they have family to turn to for problems.
- Have a stronger sense of identity and are less apt to succumb to peer pressure.
Think back to your own childhood. What are the fondest memories from your years growing up? Maybe you loved to play board games with your parents or maybe you always opened one gift on Christmas eve. My children get Christmas pajamas every year on Christmas eve and they look forward to this even now that they are teens. It’s sort of cute watching them run upstairs to put on those fleece footie pajamas with snowmen and reindeer! These moments when you spend time with your family are ones that will be remembered long after they have grown up and moved away from home.
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Welch’s Share What’s Good Contest
Many family traditions around the world are centered around food. Baking Christmas cookies, eating dinner together, holiday meals….food is a huge part of our lives. Welch’s believes in the magic of “kitchen table” moments. In the time it takes to drink a glass of juice or share a sandwich, a special moment can happen. They have just launched a new movement called “Share what’s good™” This new movement is all about sharing those special moments that happen every day with family and friends. Sharewhatsgood.com offers an assortment of fun family ideas and tons of delicious recipes. They would love for you to share photos of your every-day moments and see how others are doing the same. Just sharing a photo of your family traditions could make you a winner!
How do you enter? From 9/16to 10/25 upload a photo of your favorite family moment for a chance to win $5,000! While there is only one grand prize, everyone who enters will get a $1.50 coupon for Welch’s 100% Grape Juice – or $2.00 if you share the news. Visit Sharewhatsgood.com to enter. To connect with Welch’s you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
What family traditions are important to you and your family?
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch’s. I received product samples to facilitate my review, and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.