As adults, we know that transitions can be tough. Moving somewhere new, starting a new job, or going through a major life change such as a divorce or loss of a loved one change our realities and can leave us feeling lost, or at least a little off-balance. And while transitions are hard for us, they can be even more difficult for children.
Zoey is an incredibly well-adjusted child, but she’s always struggled in times of transition. In an effort to make challenging times easier for her, I’ve always tried to create special little rituals that served to offer her consistency and comfort. Many of these rituals will be lasting, while others may only be temporary. But no matter how long they may exist, they all serve important roles.
As Meg Cox, author of “The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays & Every Day”, explains, “[t]hrough rituals and traditions . . . you are building the bond of your joined identity, defining your relationship by acting it out.” Continue reading “How to Spread Love: The Power of Rituals”