Creating Meaningful Family Traditions

Meaningful family traditions provide parents with an invaluable tool for carrying out their divine responsibility to rear children in love and righteousness. As families establish and follow traditions, each family member is strengthened and the family as a whole grows in unity and love. The Family: A Proclamation to the World states that wholesome family recreation is important in building successful families. By creating traditions that bring the family closer to God, parents can streng...
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Staying Connected with Each Other

When Russ walks in the door, Carol looks up from her newspaper and says, "How was your day?" When Christine and Steven are walking down the grocery aisle he asks, "Aren't we almost out of milk?" When Jay peers over Liz's shoulder to see what she's doing, she turns and gives him a quick kiss on the chin. Each of these mini-scenarios represents a couple connecting in some small way. A wife acknowledges her husband's entrance instead of keeping her eyes glued to the newspaper. A husband...
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Creating Shared Meaning

Culture is not limited to countries or nations. Even two people who share a life together can create their own culture. They can have customs, traditions, stories, and beliefs that bind them and give meaning to their life together. As John Gottman says, "Marriage isn't just about raising kids, splitting chores, and making love. It can also have a spiritual dimension that has to do with creating an inner life together-a culture rich with symbols and rituals, and an appreciation for your ro...
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