Every summer Grandpa Call made homemade gooseberry ice cream using his kid powered ice cream maker. We looked forward to eating this special treat, which always delighted our palettes.
After everything was ready he assigned the task of cranking the kid powered ice cream maker to his grandchildren. The lucky ones got their turn when the cranking just began and was easy. The unlucky ones took over when the ice cream was nearly done. It didn’t matter though because we knew what to expect when Grandpa took off the lid.
When it was finished Grandpa scooped the gooseberry ice cream into bowls for everyone to enjoy the most delicious banana ice cream ever made. He couldn’t fool us because we all knew that inside the kid powered ice cream maker Grandpa substituted bananas for gooseberries and we looked forward to it.
We loved this tradition and always had fun eating gooseberry ice cream, talking, and laughing with each other. Grandpa and Grandma loved to have their children and grandchildren with them.
A great way to bring peace and security into the lives of our children is to create family traditions that our children will cherish fondly, remember the fun, feel the love and want to pass onto their children.
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By Anne Evans-Cazier, LCSW
Often it’s the little things that create the bonds that hold a family together through the good times and the not so good times. Simple rituals repeated over and over bring pleasure and happiness now as they weave ties strong enough to carry us through the trials that come to all. Rituals should reflect your personality and values. Are you a fun loving jokester, witty, playful, serious minded, calm, quiet, boisterous? Civic minded, outdoorsy, intellectual, musical, athletic?
If you already have family traditions that you love, hold on to them, strengthen them by telling stories and reminiscing about the times you’ve shared, involve younger family members in the planning and preparation. If you feel your family could benefit from some new traditions, go ahead and start one that fits you!
The comics read out loud in bed Sunday morning, Friday night family movie slumber parties, Taco Tuesdays, bedtime stories every night (and your child is never too old, just keep up with their changing interests), crossword puzzles Saturday morning, flag football after lunch, a special pillowcase or dinner plate for birthdays. The important thing is to start. Try something out. If it works, do it again. If not, move on until you find ones that do.