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Pass on Your Family Tradition

When I was young my family took an annual trip to the New Jersey shore.  One of my favorite things we did was we would get up early and walk to the local donut place.  It was one of those mom and pop places where they would let their customers watch them make the donuts.  Then we would all choose a donut and walk back home.  It was simple, but it was special.

Now that I have kids of my own I am passing on that tradition to them.  Unfortunately, my town doesn’t have that great local donut shop.  However, it does have a place where we can watch pretzel dogs being made.  So every Friday night over the summer we take our kids to get pretzel dogs for dinner.  They love it, as did I when I was a kid.  What is your favorite summer tradition from childhood?

Here are 11 more traditions you could pass on to your kids.

1. Reoccurring Vacation

Return to the same destination each summer to enjoy good things multiple times.

2. The Family Reunion

Give them time with their cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.

3. Get Near Water

Take them to the beach, a lake, or a river. Create experiences of water sports, swings, fishing, or boating/rafting.

4. The No Rules Vacation or Day

Let them choose the meals (even if it’s candy every meal), bedtimes (or none), and activities. I’ll admit, this takes guts.

5. Picnics

Pack a lunch and find a beautiful place.

6. Bike Rides

Find a route that is good for everyone and start pedaling.

7. After Dinner Walks

Walk off what you just ate and enjoy the summer air together.

8. Run in the Rain

There’s nothing quite like playing in the rain during a downpour. Note: never when there is lightning.

9. Camping

If you don’t have a tent, borrow one.  Get out and camp, even if it is in the backyard.

10. Backyard Sports–Badminton, Volleyball, Races, etc.

Set up the net or course and get everyone involved.

11. Weekly Dinner Out

It doesn’t have to be a fancy place. A friend’s favorite summertime tradition was eating dinner at a restaurant at the local grocery store every Friday night.

Sound Off

What was your favorite summer tradition when you were a kid?

BJ Foster

BJ Foster is the Director of Content Creation for All Pro Dad and a married father of two.

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Huddle up with your family tonight and think of a new tradition.


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