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With the holidays breathing down our necks come the bittersweet truths of the importance of keeping up the family traditions. Even though it may sometimes be painful for newly single parent’s to accept: the family has been somewhat altered, but some family traditions need to remain the same. The children of the household have gone through so much grief already and it wouldn’t be fair to change these traditions as well.
Keeping up with family customs are so very important for newly single parent families. May it be a death of a parent or a divorce, the family is now changed. Baking reindeer cookies at Christmastime, having the birthday child pick out what to eat for dinner on their birthday or having a certain child carve the pumpkin on Halloween can make all the differences in the world to a child. Having and keeping family traditions makes the feeling of familiarity shine through in bad times as well as good.
Create new family traditions to accommodate for the changed family. There are so many family traditions to start and togetherness to create. Even doing the smallest things together can mean so much to kids. By having a family game night or by watching a movie together brings everyone closer which is the whole point of having family traditions. Not only do they bring a feeling of security, they create togetherness and a bond that cannot be broken. Traditions are family.

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