Creating family routines and rituals

Creating family routines and rituals

How daily rituals help our kids feel secure and help them learn about order. Holiday traditions too, are treasured by our preschoolers. Get more details on rituals.

Kids thrive on the kind of regularity and predictability that seems boring to adults. Day-in and day-out routines make them feel secure and help them learn about order. That's why simple rituals such as singing a song before bed become so pivotal for preschoolers. If yours is a busy family with a lot of unexpected events and hectic schedules, these fixed points may even be more critical for both you and your child.

Holidays are especially important times to develop regular family rituals. Eating the same foods, using the same special dishes and decorations, and experiencing the same events over and over help kids understand their origins, values, and identities.

Get your child involved in the preparations, and talk about the events ahead of time. Show your preschooler pictures of the same event happening another time, or of similar events that took place when you were a child. Although your child won't get all of the connections at this age, he's building a sense of himself as a member of a family and a tradition.

If you're uncomfortable with your own family's traditions, make up new ones. Later on you'll hear your kids say, "In our family we've always done..." as if your new rituals go back 10 generations!

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I am excited to start new Holiday traditions and continue old ones from my childhood!

Agree 100%

Angel 11/28/2015

As a FTM I really agree with this article and we have already begun to create small new traditions and habits that are going to be exclusive to our family

Family Routines

SunShine 11/15/2015

Getting children involved is a great idea, that will require some patience, but creating new routines that works around children and involve them would be great for the family and work for our good.


Ar4low 11/15/2015

I love how pampers help are kids have a more countable life

Good Ideas to get started


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