Fading Fast! 21 Treasured Family Habits We’re Carelessly Losing

Family rituals provide the perfect space for family members to form strong connections with each other. These rituals can be a great way to unwind while teaching children all kinds of important family and life values they can live by. Spending time with the family can be a great way to find the perfect support system, stay motivated, and stay positive. However, a few of them are rapidly becoming extinct. These include:

Assigned Tasks

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Assigning tasks in a family means each family member gets a specific task to finish for the day. This could be setting the dining table, clearing the dining table, distributing silverware, etc. A ritual like this helps teach responsibility to younger family members and is a great practice.

Group Projects

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Another excellent family ritual that helps to keep the family together and feel more connected is coming up with group projects to finish as a family. Group projects can be anything from finishing a family puzzle, painting a wall, or even walking the dog together. The project can be anything that the family can work on together as one unit. Today, finding a time when everyone is available can be difficult. Hence, this is another ritual that is slowly becoming extinct.

Family Volunteering

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Volunteering as a family is a great ritual that inculcates a feeling of compassion and kindness in all family members. Even though it is a great family ritual, only a few families continue the rituals for all kinds of reasons, including lack of time. Volunteering at a women’s shelter, an animal shelter, the soup kitchen, or anywhere where family members are exposed to providing a helping hand to someone is suitable for the family and the community.

Day’s Reflection

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Sitting together at the end of the day as a family, discussing or reflecting on what had happened throughout the day, is one of the best rituals to practice if you want to stay connected to your family. Finding time at the end of the day, even to say what someone enjoyed most about the day, can be a great way to know what is going on in the personal lives of family members. This can make it easier to discuss complex topics that may be challenging.

Family Meals

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It is a widespread ritual among families all across the globe to sit down and have family meals at least once a day. However, it is a common trend now to find family children having their meals separately in their rooms or the living rooms instead of eating together.

Special Handshakes

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Cheesy as it may seem today, having special handshakes within your family is a great ritual to form stronger connections. These kinds of handshakes make family members feel like they have unique connections to the family, making it easier for family members to have all kinds of talks and discussions. However, this ritual outgrows the children of the family once they grow older, which may also affect their connections with other family members.

Weekend Brunch

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Another timeless family ritual is the weekend brunch hosted for the family to cook together and prepare a lavish meal for all family members to enjoy. Weekend brunches can extend beyond the immediate family and include grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. This is an excellent time for the family to relax and reconnect after a working week. Only a few families continue having weekend brunches. Working out a weekend brunch may take more work with different work schedules, appointments, etc.

Decorating for the Holidays

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Decorating the house for the holidays is a timeless family ritual that involves family members coming together to set up all the décor for the house in preparation for an upcoming holiday. Whether it is for Christmas, the 4th of July, Halloween, or any time of the year, most families would set up the decorations for the house together as a kind of family project.

Ornament Traditions

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It is common for many families to sit together before Christmas and create one-of-a-kind ornaments that will be hung up on the Christmas tree. This is another excellent family ritual that allows family members to display their creativity while also being a time to bond with each other. Decorating or creating unique and personal ornaments is a rare practice today. Most people would rather hang up store-bought ornaments for different reasons, including lack of time.

Theme Dinners

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Theme dinners are a slowly dying family ritual that few families practice today for various reasons. A themed dinner could mean preparing a dinner dedicated to one kind of cuisine, eating foods from a particular country, or even eating only specific foods for dinner. This is a fun family ritual that can also help expose members to different cultures and cuisines worldwide. It is also great to teach members to be open to trying different kinds of food.

Family Videos

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Back then, it was common for people to carry video cameras around, especially during family gatherings. They would record different members of the family or even the food as a keepsake for the whole family to re-watch. As social media platforms take center stage in the younger generations, family videos are rarely taken as they used to anymore. Now, these videos are more staged and have lost the family touch.

Family Dineout

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Another timeless ritual that is slowly becoming extinct is dining out as a family at a restaurant. Although some families may still be dining out together, it should be a family ritual more often. These dine-out sessions can be a great way to experience lovely food as a family while also staying connected to each other.

Rotating Chores

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Completing chores is a timeless family ritual involving family members tasked with certain chores to do around the house. Some families even use a chore board to track what chores are done by whom and when to rotate chores among the family members. However, technology has made chores very easy to do, with machines programmed to vacuum the whole house by themselves with a single push of a button.

Family Cuddles

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Family cuddles are more commonly practiced rituals among families with younger children. These cuddle sessions are a great way to boost positivity among family members while genuinely spending quality time with each other, even just a few minutes. The fast-paced modern world has seen the extinction of family cuddles, even among families with younger children.

Time in Nature

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Another timeless family ritual practiced for many years is the whole family will spend time together in nature. This can be through a fun nature walk or a relaxing day at the park. With many parents having demanding jobs, finding the whole family available to spend time together out in nature is scarce. This ritual is great for staying connected with family members but is slowly becoming extinct.

Sports Days

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It was a widespread family ritual among many families to organize a family sports day with the whole family involved, including extended family. This is a great way to spend time together as a family while playing different sports and forming teams. Some families even distribute prizes to the winners at the end of the event to help boost morale. A sports day may not be possible every week or month, but it can be organized annually. However, this timeless ritual is also going into extinction.

Sending Family Newsletters

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The holiday season often involves families getting together to take family portraits to send to loved ones as part of a family newsletter. This is a timeless ritual that has gone on across multiple generations. However, the ritual is becoming extinct as the world becomes more digitized.

Preparing Meals Together

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Preparing meals together at least once a week is a great family ritual that helps children learn how to cook or learn family recipes that have been passed down many generations. However, nowadays, people are more likely to order in as a family rather than spend time together and forming connections over preparing a home-cooked meal.

Family Bonfires

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Having a bonfire with the family every winter is a timeless family ritual that provides the perfect bonding environment and creates a space where family members can share stories and stay connected. Bonfires are also great ways to teach children how to build their fires for camping and make smores while enjoying an evening under the stars. However, this is another family ritual practiced by very few families today and is on the verge of extinction.

Caroling 

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The holiday season also includes visiting neighbors’ houses and singing Christmas carols as a family. This is a great way to learn carols while lighting the Christmas spirit among all the family members. As more holiday seasons pass, the ritual of singing carols as a family is also dying away, with fewer and fewer families practicing it.

Game Nights

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Game nights are when the whole family gets together and plays all kinds of living room games or board games. This is a great way to wind down after a long week while spending time with the whole family for a night full of fun and games. Again, the busy schedules of most of the family members come in the way of families being able to organize a game night for all the members to be present.

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