Tradition!

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Traditions.

I love them.

I didn't grow up in a family that was rooted in tradition. I don't have many stories that begin with “When I was a kid, we always…”

I was always more apt to say “When I'm a parent…” And so here I am.

Thanksgiving is this week, and I can't wait. As for the traditions I'll enjoy on this day, they will include all the traditional fall festive fare (including the infamous Grandma Gifford's pumpkin pie), a viewing of the Macy's Day Parade, as well as an early morning stroll with the family in the local metro park.

After Thanksgiving, the traditions really start rolling in my house. There is the venturing out to get a live tree the day after Thanksgiving (and the decorating, of course!), the annual holiday tree lighting in our small town, there's Friday night (grown-up) holiday movie night (complete with popcorn and cocoa), cookie baking, and the list goes on.

All this makes me wonder if and how traditions are an important part of the healthy growth and development of children.

The study of child development says a lot about the importance of routines. I would classify traditions in the same way. Children need predictability — things they can count on, things they are a part of. Yes, all of those = routine and also = traditions.

What traditions will you be introducing to your child this holiday season?

What will be the importance of these traditions in your child's growth and development?

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Tradition!

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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