I love how traditions are like that, though. They really keep our families connected to one another, especially as our children grow older. It seems like the majority of our holiday traditions are in conjunction with the big holidays: Christmas, Easter, and even Valentine's Day. What about some of the holidays where we actually celebrate each other?
Our parents do so much for us throughout our entire lives. I'm 40 years old and my parents are at my house right now helping me out with things we wouldn't be able to do without them. And it isn't just home projects, they help me figure out how to discipline my children (they have many more years of experience than I do), they help me make difficult decisions (they are full of great advice), and they help me get through the overwhelming feelings I so often experience as a busy wife and mother. But most of all, they love me. And they always have.
I am so grateful for my parents and we do have a few traditions that celebrate them each year on Mother's Day and Father's Day. My parents--my mom especially--mostly just love to receive letters on these holidays. My mom wants to hear how much we love her and why. She saves every single letter and I assume she reads them often. Phone calls are a big tradition, too. With my parents living a couple thousand miles away, we can't have a nice dinner together and so we have to rely on the telephone (or Skype or Facetime).
Even though I talk to my parents often, it's important that I recognize them on the holiday that was created to honor them. And it's my pleasure to do so. However, as I think about the traditions my family has for other holidays, I feel like these calls and letters--wonderful as they are--aren't enough.
I think about how much we look forward to watching certain movies on specific days during the Christmas holidays. I think about how excited we get about eating foods that we only get on Thanksgiving Day or at Easter dinner. How about creating some traditions we can really get excited about? Traditions that will be meaningful to parents, but also something kids will have fun doing, and that will teach them thoughtfulness in the process.
1. Keep your recipient in mind
2. Get creative
3. Take it one step further
4. Don't just keep it in the family
The trick to all of these tips is to make it special. Choose things that you will only do on this one day of the year, then it will truly be something you can look forward to all year long!
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|My mom and me on Mother's Day 2014. The first one we celebrated together in person in nearly 10 years. #KeepGoodGoing|