Family Traditions

Every family is like a miniature society in itself. No family does it quite the same. What kind of family traditions do you celebrate? Read about all kinds family traditions in these articles.

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You spend the winter months daydreaming about summer, but what will you do once the warm weather arrives? Options abound for traditional summertime family outings, but don't be afraid to think outside the box.

By Linda C. Brinson

Every day with an infant is a celebration -- and spittle marathon. Can traditions create even brighter memories and afford parents much-needed breaks?

By Laurie L. Dove

Learn about the importance of family traditions in building relationships, tips for reinvigorating old traditions and starting new ones.

By Chris Opfer


Family traditions foster senses of stability and collective identity, but do kids get why they're important? Learn at what age children might start to understand.

By Laurie L. Dove

Have you ever wondered about your family heritage? The best way to keep important traditions alive is to celebrate them.

By Jane McGrath

Cooking with your kids can have all kinds of benefits -- for you and them. Plus you can start some fun family traditions by teaching them to cook.

By Beth Brindle

It's OK to adapt traditions to better suit your family -- the idea is to share joy and values through rituals, not make each other miserable. Read on for a quick-start guide.

By Christine Venzon


From holiday dinners to goofy birthday rituals, traditions are the things that make your family unique. Here are five ways to make holidays and milestones more meaningful (and fun!) for everyone.

By Alison Cooper

Parent-daughter traditions can take their cues from location, culture, religion and other influences. Here are five that celebrate girls' unique role in their families.

By Cristen Conger

A family vacation isn't just about the destination -- it's about the journey and the traditions that you make together.

By Laurie L. Dove

Introducing new traditions and rituals to your family isn't very difficult -- all it takes is some brainstorming and a little trial-and-error. But how do you get started?

By Marie Willsey


You don't need us to tell you that geek is chic. Why not pass one of these creative, intelligent and original traditions from one generation to the next?

By William Harris

Traditions celebrate the past and pave the way for a better future. For athletic families, they can also create memories to last for generations.

By Kevin P. Allen

Picking your nose in traffic may be a habit, but you probably wouldn't call it a tradition. So just when does a habit become a tradition?

By Kevin P. Allen

The wonderful realm of science shouldn't be confined to labs and journals. Here are five ways that you and your family can dig deeper into the natural world.

By Nicholas Gerbis


One of the greatest joys of parenting is watching your children learn about the world around them. But when it comes to learning to read, what are some ideas and traditions that can help your child through the process?

By Jacob Clifton

Almost every family tradition has its roots in necessity. Over time, that necessity becomes nostalgia, and eventually, it becomes another way for families to relate and connect with one another. But how important are these traditions?

By Jacob Clifton