Compliment day is one of our newest household traditions. This is a practice where each day one member of our family gets showered with compliments from everyone else in the family. This is great fun. Over the years we have changed it a little so that now compliments are given out Monday through Saturday and on Sunday we pull a name from a hat to determine who gets extra compliments.
Be flexible when looking for ideas to do with family.
One of the best things about modern technology is that it is full of ideas to do with family. The internet is full of sites like Pinterest, YouTube and blogs that showcase fun family activities. My children have gone to YouTube and Pinterest to find a myriad of fun things to try. They have found fun recipes, arts and crafts and travel destinations that are great fun and can be done year after year. Keep in mind the fact that finding ideas to do with family does not have to be a surprise. It can be something that the entire family does together over soft drinks and snacks.
When looking for ideas to do with family to create household traditions, do not compete with other families. Do not feel a need to compete with other families. Instead, look for things that are fun for your family. Seek out things everyone likes to do or would like to try. Then start making memories. Creating traditions is not a one stop shop type of thing. It is also not a thing where you always get it right the first time around. You may have to go through many ideas before you find household traditions that work for your family. Keep in mind, household traditions are not once in a lifetime thrills, instead, they are things that the family looks forward to doing again and again. If you try something and it doesn’t work out, cross that item off the list and don’t try it again. After all, creating household traditions is supposed to be something that is fun for the entire family!
Some families will have traditions that cost thousands of dollars per event. Other families will have traditions that cost next to nothing. There is no one way to do it. There is no one right way to create household traditions. Look at the process as a way to get closer as a family. The traditions you start today may well be the household traditions your children carry on with their children and grandchildren. Activities that are fun and capable of repetition are the best candidates. Part of the fun is doing the same activities over and over again and remembering the fun the family had when the activities were done in the past.