You may not believe the impact small traditions and rituals you carry on have on your children. During holidays, birthdays, or even in daily interactions you can use traditions or rituals to connect with your kids in special ways. New studies are showing that traditions (no matter how small) have long lasting benefits for children. 4 specific benefits are identified:
- Predictability: Kids look forward to rituals, like bedtime stories.
- Connection: Whether connecting with one parent, or extended family, rituals and traditions give kids a chance to connect.
- Identity: Traditions give kids a sense of belonging to a family or group.
- Values: Religious or other rituals and traditions give opportunity to teach the values held by the family.
Although it may seem insignificant, a tradition as simple as leaving treats for Santa and his reindeer give kids something to look forward to, and a way to connect. It may seem hard to make cookies on a day when you may have a million other things you have to cook. Try out these no-bake snow balls are a delicious and healthy alternative that can give Santa the energy he needs to finish the big job of delivering all those presents tonight! This simple tradition is easy to start, and fun to continue!
- 1 cup granola
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
- 1/3 cup coconut
- Mix granola, peanut butter, honey, and cereal in a bowl. Pour coconut on parchment paper.
- Drop spoonfuls of peanut butter mixture onto coconut, and roll into a ball, using the coconut to prevent it from sticking to your hands.
Don’t forget to set out some carrots for Rudolph too!