Creating Family Traditions: Wendy Lawton’s Top 10 List

[ 1 ] December 28, 2011 |

Meet Wendy Lawton. Read her Meet-A-Parent (MAP) interview here.

traditions: tips / resources

    • Search your soul, your heart, and your memory bank for what is cherished. What values, ideas, and moments are most important to you? Make a list. Build traditions around the top of that list.
    • Traditions should be unique to you. Lather, rinse and repeat Step One.
    • Involve your family. What traditions do they want to continue, tweak, add? ‘Cause they’re, um, on this train, too.
    • Eat! Some of the best traditions involve food. Deploy your favorite recipes — from grandma, from auntie, from Julia Child, from your own Best Dish File — often.
    • Get creative. While food and holidays sit at the heart of many traditions, books, movies, the seasons, or school events can also anchor a tradition.
    • Think big — major milestones, complicated cakes — but also think small. One of my fondest childhood rituals was Saturday morning housecleaning and grocery shopping with my family. We spent time together, had fun, and were rewarded with homemade Sicilian-style pizza from the grocery deli at the end of our labors. What’s not to love?
    • Think generations. If you want to keep a tradition going, be sure your kids are doing the grunt work — cooking, sewing, sailing, whatever — with you. They’ll need to know how to do this clever stuff in order to pass the torch.
    • Be cheap and fast. Traditions needn’t be spendy or involved to be special (See Sicilian-style deli pizza.)
    • Just do it. Over and over. Traditions develop from occasions that are marked consistently, every weekend/year/work promotion/tooth loss.
    • Steal! If you’re still stumped by now, cadge someone else’s tradition. Number Six on this Simple Mom’s list kinda rocks.


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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. Katy Killilea katy says:

    i liked seeing this again.

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