Christopher Smith MD Author


The Importance of Traditions in Family Life

Dear Dads,

One of my favorite movies is the classic, “Fiddler on the Roof.” At the beginning of the movie, the main character Tevye discussed the importance of traditions. He says, “Without tradition, our lives would be as shaky as a fiddler on the roof.”  This symbolizes the fragile balance of life in the village as they navigate turbulent times in the world.

Traditions are one of the most important elements a family can have. Family tradition is sacred, and is something that binds a family together. It is a shared experience that everyone in the family can partake in and cherish. Whether it’s a special holiday tradition or a weekly tradition, it’s something that brings the family together and makes them feel like a cohesive unit.

These traditions can be anything from sharing pizza and a movie every Friday night, to returning to the same beach cabin together every summer. They can be big or small, the tradition’s importance comes from the significance it holds for the family and that it brings the members of the family closer together.

One of my favorite family traditions is going to the amusement parks in Orlando every winter, usually over Thanksgiving or Christmas break. We’ve been doing it since my children were small. When they were young, we decided that we would rather spend Thanksgiving making memories sharing activities rather than just eating and then going our separate ways. This time has given us many wonderful memories as we eat our Thanksgiving dinner in “The Three Broomsticks” restaurant at Universal Studios. It also gives us a dedicated time to make memories and enjoy each other’s company in a wonderful ambiance.

Family tradition can also help children learn about their family history. They can learn about their ancestors and the traditions they passed down. This can be interesting for kids as they learn more about their unique cultural heritage. It also helps them understand their family better, and why they share the traditions they do.  

Finally, family traditions don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. In fact, some of the best traditions are the simplest ones. What’s important is that they are meaningful to the family, and that they strengthen the bond between its members. If you’re looking for a way to bring your family closer together, consider starting some new family traditions!

Family tradition is an essential part of any family. It helps create ongoing connections, and teaches kids about their family history. If you don’t have any family traditions, maybe it’s time to start some!


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