When I think back to my childhood, I inevitably think about all the beautiful rituals that my mom lovingly created for us.
There was the bedtime story reading – something, I’m sure, most parents do with their kids. But still, it was special, it was comforting, it was the perfect way to end a day.
There was the ritual of putting together an Advent calendar story every December– one day at a time for 24 days. Every night, we’d sit down, mom would read a story to us and then we’d add a section to our Advent calendar. It was beautiful and something I treasure until this day.
Then, much later, there was the ritual of us three girls – my mom, my sister & I – watching Germany’s Next Topmodel together. Every Thursday evening, we’d gather in the living room and indulge in a world of beauty, drama and yes, make belief. I loved those evenings where all the sorrows and stressors of the week just floated away and we’d just have a few hours of fun.
Family rituals don’t just provide nice memories, but they also serve as emotional stables in a child’s life, something that’s oh so important when growing up.
So, how can you create rituals with your child as a single mom – even if you’re always pressed on time and short on money.
Here are some ideas for you: [Read more…]