We have a lot of traditions in our family. Some are associated with holidays, some are centered on the changing of the seasons, and others are just because. After sharing a few of our crazy family traditions with a friend, she told me she wished she had more time to create similar traditions with her family.
“Creating a tradition doesn’t really need to take a lot of time. It just takes a little creativity, awareness of what your family likes, and timing,” I responded.
On my daughter’s first day of preschool we went out for dinner to celebrate, a tradition in itself. While waiting for a table at the restaurant, we walked around and found a bookshop. My daughter fell in love with a picture book, so I bought it for her as a gift to celebrate her first day of school.
When kindergarten rolled around the following year, she asked, “Mommy, when do we get to go to the book store to get my first day of school book?”
Thus, our tradition was born. Each year my children, now 10 and 12, get to pick out a book after the first day of school.
Over the years it has been fun to see what titles each one chooses. Some books have been read repeatedly until the pages have fallen out. Others were barely cracked more than once. The one constant is that they choose. I do not pick the books for either of them. As they have grown older, I’ve vetoed a few books that were beyond their maturity level, but besides that it’s their choice. I have to say, my favorites are the picture books, chosen even when well below their reading level!
Traditions do not need to be complicated. They just need to mean something to YOUR family. As the school year begins, think of an opportunity to create a tradition with your child and that focuses on school and new beginnings. Tweet about Megan’s post!
Does your family have a special tradition for the beginning of a new school year? Please share it with us!
By Megan Stone, M.Ed.
Wife to Rick, Mom of 2
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member, Founder of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc.