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How to create a stronger family bond

Family rituals are important as they create a sense or explain 'who we are and what is important to us'. Rituals help to create security, belonging, identity, wonder, magic and help a family to bond. For some families their rituals are passed down through the generations, and others create their own rituals.

When you think about your own family, what rituals did you have or do you have now? Perhaps you observe spiritual or religious festivals like Christmas, Yule or Ramadan. You could celebrate birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, the footy grand final or whatever works for your family in a special way. You may have daily rituals such as dinner together or bed time stories. All of these rituals create meaning and opportunity for closeness with your family.

If you are wanting to create more connection or strengthen the bond your family shares, we encourage you to consider exploring family rituals.

Here are some ideas you might like to try;

  • Bedtime stories.

  • Family dinners - consider having a set meal on one for the days of the week. For example, taco Tuesday or pancakes on Sunday mornings.

  • Build a fire and roast marshmallows on the first day of winter.

  • Plan a regular family game night. This could be board games or even visit a panic room.

  • Family hikes or bike rides.

  • Cooking together.

  • Support a charity or volunteer together.

  • Welcoming the first day of summer by visiting your favorite beach.

  • Getting up early to watch the sunrise on a date that is special to you.

We hope this gives you some ideas on how simple it can be to create family rituals and also reminds you how important it is to create positive and bonding memories as a family.

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