Family rituals build confidence in our children
Whatever form they take from the large rituals like birthdays, Christmas or cultural holidays; to the day-to-day, smaller and unique rituals; family rituals are an important part of family life and help create a sense of unity and togetherness.
Family rituals represent shared quality time. Time to connect, to share, to regroup and be together as a family.
Rituals can also help families develop a set of values and that provides children with a way of approaching and exploring the world, says Associate Professor Morawska.
The benefits of family rituals also can’t be discounted for their focus on building relationships, attachments and a sense of belonging in young children.
“Relationships are really important for everyone and developing those relationships with children is essential,” she says.
“Being part of a group, part of a family is important and every group has its own rituals and its own ideals and own values and that includes family groups.”
By purposely creating, or letting rituals develop organically in their families, parents can ensure their children feel safe and secure.
“Being part of something, being part of a family creates a sense of bonding, it creates a sense of security and especially for very young children, it provides a safe base to explore the world around them.”