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 a simple family tradition, 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 we take our kids to get pretzel dogs for dinner. They love it, as did I when I was a kid. Having family traditions is something kids never forget and will look forward to passing on. What is your favorite 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.
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.
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.
Having family traditions is something kids never forget and will look forward to passing on.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.