Family Traditions

July 2012 - Our Little FECS at 4 years old

Are you consciously building up a strong family culture? Which areas would you like to improve? What would you like to immortalize as your family memory? What defines you as a family? Is there anything you would like to include or change as part of your family traditions....?

For me building a strong and healthy family is one of my greatest desires in life. I don't want to have a family that just functions, I want to have one that is truly one in mind, heart and spirit.

I have forgotten so much of what I have read from the book "7 Habits of Highly Effective Families" by Stephen Covey, but 3 things stuck to my mind:

1. To have a clear family mission statement, a strong family culture and cozy family traditions
2. To have regular family meetings
3. To have one-to-one time with your spouse and children individually

All three above require time, to nurture and bring them alive in our family. I went part-time as the first concrete step towards this direction, with Daddy FECS' blessing.

A strong family culture with cozy family traditions are the glue that holds a family together, builds a strong family bond and provides a sense of security and belonging.

As our children grow up, they will be bashed right and left by the winds and turbulences of life. Having strong family traditions nurtured from young provide them with an anchor keeping them safe and secure, and like a light-house guiding them in wise decision-making.

Years down the road, when our children have all moved out, it would be the shared memories of the unique things we did together as a family that will keep the family together.

In this blog, I have devoted much in sharing stories of our journey and learnings towards this goal. I hope they will be useful to you.

139 Ideas for Cozy Family Traditions

Here is a post with a list of some 139 ideas for cozy family traditions:

Here is a post on the power of the dining table:

Tea Time

Regular tea time with your children when they are young translates to regular tea time with them when they are teenagers. Here is a post about it:

Here is a post on our family's Christmas traditions:

FECS' Family Traditions

Here is a post on our family's traditions:

Family Cheers

Here is a post on creating a unique family cheers:

Family Crest

Here is a post on designing a family crest together:

Recording Down Family History

Here is a post on recording down your family history:

Date One-On-One (DOO) with Your Spouse

Date One-On-One (DOO) with Your Children

Monthly One-On-One Interview with Your Children

Posts containing Family FECS' family traditions

Here are the posts with some of the cozy family tradition ideas we have implemented in our family:

Excel Planning Tool for Family Traditions

Here is a simple easy Excel tool I have made to help you plan your yearly family traditions:

Weekly Family Meeting Night (WFMN)

If you wish to know more about how to implement WFMN, ideas for WFMN and a sample WFMN schedule, the following are the links to my posts:

If you weary and giving up, here are some encouragements to cheer you to press on:

Snack Ideas for WFMN

Here are some healthy homemade snacks and drinks to entice your family to come for the family meeting :-)

This is a book that I am reading and re-reading:

Here are some good family focus websites:

Truly truly it is very important to seek God. He is the only source that could help us build a strong family, a family that is harmonious, a family that would honor Him, a family that puts moral character at the core, a family that has wisdom.

The Bible says, 

"Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain." - Psalm 127:1

Have fun creating a strong, fun and cozy family culture :-) I am really enjoying the journey and I hope you are too :-)

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