Sunday, July 03, 2011
In the conclusion to her book 'Cappuccino Moments for Mothers' New Zealand writer and 'parenting expert', Mary Grant, says
' When your home offers healthy family rituals and traditions and mixes them with fun, you give your children the roots that will nourish them for the rest of their lives.'
I believe this too. Ritual is very important to children; it gives them a sense of security and safety and creates reliability that children appreciate. They like it when things always happen in the same way. As Christian parents we have an incredible opportunity to develop rituals that put roots down into the soil of hope and true love. In forming our family rituals around the liturgical year , the biblical stories of Jesus, it is my desire to give our children far more than self esteem and a sense of identity, although that is partly what they gain. We also teach them the stories that can evolve and transform them into the persons they are intended to be. This is my prayer and my intention when we celebrate the life story of Jesus over and over each year with rituals that are fun as well as life changing.