While browsing some blogs last night, I found a site, Tiny Twist Creative, that had some recommended books that I'd never seen before. One book was "I love You Rituals" by Becky A. Bailey. My library doesn't have this book and it looked interesting enough for me to order it off Amazon. It got me thinking of what rituals do we have as a family that say, "I love you".
One that I thought of right away are our, "Hot cocoa races". Bet you can't figure that one out without an explanation. When Little J was around 4 he had a serious case of the dawdles. He was perfectly capable of getting himself ready for the day without much assistance from me...if only he would hurry up.
Building with frustration one morning, but not wanting explode, I said, "Let's race to see who can be ready first, the winner gets hot cocoa." Little J responded, "Oh boy, a hot cocoa race." We've been hot cocoa racing ever since, even if neither one of us really wanted hot cocoa...it's just "our thing" now.
I'm pretty sure that most of our family rituals just happen and aren't planned. As I think of more I may share more. I'll also let you know how the books is when it arrives. Do you have any special family rituals you're willing to share?