Friday, October 23, 2009

Family First ~ Create Tiny Traditions

Create Tiny Traditions

Sometimes it really is the "small" things that can make the biggest difference with your family. After a long week of homework, extra curricular activities, youth group, and car lines it is the perfect time to "Create Tiny Traditions".

It sounds funny, doesn't it? Tiny Traditions, but when it comes to our kids they don't always need the biggest, baddest, newest thing out there to show them that they are the priority in our lives. Let's face it, we're on a journey here to learn how to put our "Family First".

The key word is journey...you can't just completely stop what you've been doing and switch gears that fast...it takes time and small steps, which is why creating tiny traditions is a great first step.


For us it is something as easy as "Frosty Friday". Did you just laugh out loud? It's ok, I know it's kinda hokey but seriously, my kids totally look forward to Friday's after school for this very reason.

We go through the drive thru, talk about the week, celebrate everything that has happened that week and talk about everything that is coming up over the weekend. We laugh, giggle, and just plain have fun while talking and sharing about our week...it's a great way to get the kids to open up and share a bit.

It's simple, yet completely effective because;
1) We only go get Frosty's on Frosty Friday,
2) If anyone makes a bad choice or decision then it's gone,
3) We all act like we've hit the jack pot when we pull away.

Hey, it doesn't have to be Frosty Friday at your house, but take the time to come up with something fun (and inexpensive) that you can do with your kids to celebrate their week and also spend time laughing together. For our family these Tiny Traditions have made a HUGE difference.

Now it's your turn...
What can you do to CREATE TINY TRADITIONS in your family?

Share...
I'd love to hear some of your ideas, thoughts, and current tiny traditions that you do with your family!

Come back next week for more ways to keep the "Family First"!

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3 Mel's World Friends Comments:

Gina C 5:05 PM  

We used to do pizza and movie night until the case of the missing leftover pizza halted the tradition until the guilty party confesses!

But I like your idea. My kids love to get slushies, but I hate all the sugar during the week. Might try this and emphasize that as we "slurp" our slurpies, all the ugliness of the week shall also be slurped away!!!

Would you mind emailing/tweeting me a reminder next week! ;)

SunnySusan 1:47 AM  

I love this...we always have Slurpie
Friday...have for a few years now...but I cheat and get my afternoon coffee...LOL...I am new and I love your blog...blessings

Lisa 11:53 AM  

I am so in for the Frosty Friday..One that is my favorite splurge....I think the kids would love it too..

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