Sunday, April 11, 2010
GUEST BLOGGER: Amanda Kane, LSW
The old-fashioned family supper on Sunday is an important tradition that seems to have gotten lost in the busyness of modern life. It is important for many reasons—especially because it provides a special time to reconnect with loved ones and nurture both our physical and emotional selves. Sitting down to dinner with your family for a relaxing meal is grounding and gives everyone the chance to “touch base” before the hectic work week begins. It is an opportunity to simply talk, which is something that many families don’t have much time for these days.
In general, traditions are important because they reinforce a sense of community. If family dinners aren’t your thing, use your creativity and invent another kind of ritual that brings people together. Consider a weekly “game night” or maybe a trip to the park—even volunteering at a local nonprofit. Any fun activity that gives people a chance to just be together is therapeutic for family relationships. Try it and watch your relationships improve!