Establishing simple traditions for ourselves and our family can add so much richness to our lives. Repeated, predictable events can help to provide a sense of belonging, security and identity. These traditions can be as simple as having tea in bed on Saturday mornings, or challenging your children to hold their breath when going through a tunnel because your dad did that with you!
When our children were young, I used as many opportunities as I could find to add fun and celebration to our family. Valentine’s Day was an excellent excuse to host a mini-celebration, dress in red (even in a very ugly sweater), eat heart shaped food items and express our love once again. I have to admit that I still put Valentine’s cards in the mail to our adult children, whilst hoping that I don’t embarrass or annoy them! It’s just that I still want them to know how loved they are, and I will take this designated “love day” as yet another opportunity to tell them so!