Why are family rituals important?

Every family has activities that they enjoy together on a regular basis. With time, these activities become rituals, predictable and an integral part of life.

A family ritual is a set of behaviours that is repeated and that is symbolically meaningful. Some of the rituals could be performed on birthdays, anniversaries or just a daily rituals like saying grace before eating.

CapeTalk/702's Redi Tlhabi spoke to parenting expert, Nikki Bush about the effects of family rituals on children.

Family rituals create an emotional anchor for children and also a form of bonding for the family

Nikki Bush - Parenting expert

Listen to the full conversation on the Redi Thlabi Show:

Here are some of the activities families can enjoy together:

Shopping Shopping provides regular opportunities for parents and children to spend time together.

Singing and dancing Singing and dancing as a family promotes feelings of closeness and joy.

Holidays Going on a holiday as a family gives the family a chance to bond in a problem free environment.

Recreational activities Family recreation is an important way to strengthen the family. Playing games, walks or watching movies together these are good ways to reduce stress.

Communication Communication is very important. Setting aside time to talk lets you in on what the next person is going through.


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