Saturday, September 18, 2010

Family Traditions #1

While reading Bringing up Boys by James Dobson, I came across so many good gems. One specific one that I've become obsessed with recently... yes obsessed, ask poor Jimmy, is in the chapter he wrote to moms. There he spoke about cultivating family traditions. A family rich with traditions gives "identity and belonging to each member." With the boys' first birthday around the corner, now is a perfect time to start some good ones!

This will be a new segment here on this ole blog - Family Traditions. We will be carrying on the ones from our childhood and starting some of our own. We are raising our kids as expats so we will be incorporating traditions from the States' culture and Guatemala's. And if anyone wants to share I would love to hear about any traditions your family enjoys as well! So on that note, let the family traditions begin!

Dobson mentioned one that was pretty simple... mealtime. Growing up my mom always cooked big breakfasts for us, except for Sundays when she would make me eat oatmeal by hiding a Flinstones vitamin, which I loved, in a bowl of that nasty stuff. Not going to continue that tradition... because it's cruel haha! We started off everyday together. When Jimmy and I visit Florida, I still look forward to breakfast time with my parents. When Jimmy and I first got married Jimmy said that he wasn't a breakfast person, so we have been doing the Pop Tart thing for the last 6 years.
Well we tried a big breakfast a couple months ago and now we're hooked. Jimmy wakes up each morning saying, "Woman... where's my breakfast?!" (I'm not kidding!) Not every family's schedule allows for this, so I am thankful that we can, in fact I love it! I was not a morning person for 30 years, but now family breakfast is my favorite part of the day.

Dobson also said that family mealtimes are "great settings in which to impart the truths of our faith." We will be able to add more to this as the boys get older but for now we pray together and then on Sundays we listen to a message from our home church during breakfast. It makes it feel more like a traditional Sunday that way.

CRAZY ITEM OF THE DAY: After the boys finish their breakfast (fruit, eggs, and oatmeal, which they like... crazy) they are done... as in ready to go to sleep!


  1. precious videos- poor little guys,ha. too cute!

    I couldn't make it without a big breakfast and David has learned to like them as well (it just took some time) :-)

  2. Not sure if this qualifies as a tradition, but whenever we give thanks to the Lord before a meal, I always close the prayer by asking God to bless our food to the nourishment of our bodies, "... and to the yumminess of our tummies. Amen!"


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