Happy Family Behavior: They Build and Honor Rituals

“Families need rituals,” Rituals can be religious, national, or even family-specific.

Barbara Fiese, PhD, professor and chair of psychology at Syracuse University in New York, agrees. Happy families have meaningful rituals and are not stressed out by them. They can be unique to your own family such as going for waffles or Puri’s on Sunday morning, a weekly pizza night, fix a day for ice cream, going to play video games, or even a family song. Rituals tend to bring family members close together because they are repeated over time.

To work, rituals need to be flexible. They can’t be rigid. If the waffles place is closed, you have to go someplace else.

Happy Parenting!
~Nivedita Garg