Family Rituals borrowed from:


Every night at bath time, my three-year-old daughter chooses five bath toys, and we take turns tossing them into the tub. “CANNON BALL!” we shout.

Once all the toys are in the water, I turn to my daughter. “Hmm…something’s missing. What is it?”

She grins, jumping up and down. “Me! Me! Me!” she chants, until I scoop her up and put her in the tub.

It may sound silly, and it’s certainly very simple, but this is one of our family rituals. This one-minute ritual brightens our moods, strengthens our bond, and even makes my daughter look forward to bath time each evening.

You probably have several family rituals of your own, perhaps without even realizing it. But if you don’t have rituals yet, or if you’d like to create some new ones, read on for ideas and inspiration!