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Create your own family traditions

Traditions: those little rituals passed down from generation to generation, that help shape your family by creating a sense of unity, warmth and closeness. But what if you want to update those traditions and create some of your own? Traditions don't have to be extravagant or require a lot of planning, they just need to occur on a semi-regular basis (or not). It can be as simple as reading to your child in the same comfy chair as often as you can, having family "dinner and a movie" night once a month, or making a point to regularly discuss what you are grateful for around the dinner table. We all have such busy lives now-a-days, that adding a small tradition here or there can make all the difference to keeping the family unit connected.

My latest two favorites are:

The Three D's: Choose a Friday each month whereby you make one member of your family the designated "Friday favorite." That person gets to choose the Three D's...the dinner meal, the dessert and the dress code for that evening. On my Friday, I decided to go with a red theme and we had spaghetti with meat sauce, cranberry juice spritzers and red velvet cupcakes - yum! And the surprise ending, I had them watch the movie "Rudy." An all-time favorite (and tear-jerker).

Come on Inside: Once a month, choose a weekend morning and invite everyone INSIDE. Inside the covers, that is. Invite the kids to pile into bed with you for some good ol' fashioned snuggle time. You don't need to spend hours laying around, as I know how busy your weekends can be, but 20, 30 or even 45 minutes spent connecting both physically and emotionally can be a great way to kick off or end a weekend.

What are some of your family traditions?

[author] [author_image timthumb='on']#[/author_image] [author_info]Laurie Wolk is a Senior Sales Director at House Party. She lives in Larchmont, New York with her husband, eleven-year old boy/girl twins, seven-year old daughter and her dog Revis (yes, he's named after the football player on the Jets). She loves running by the water with her favorite pooch, pillow fights in her PJ's and a rousing game of Scattergories! Laurie's party tip: Have fun and enjoy yourself! Your guests will look to you to set the tone for the party. Even if you don't feel relaxed, fake it...you'll be glad you did. [/author_info] [/author]

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