I’m a creature of habit. When I was a child we had pizza on Friday nights…. every Friday night. And Sunday brunch was at Morrison’s Cafeteria…. every Sunday. Habits make me successful and when I get a really good one it stays for years.
As a matter of fact, my best friend from high school is still one of my best friends because years ago she and her husband would meet us for pizza on Friday nights (see a pattern here??) That went on for years until we had too many children cumulatively to make it work at the little pizza joint that we loved.
But it was the habit that Friday nights were meant to have dinner with my high school BFF.
I had a habit for several years to call my mom every work day at 8:30 as I was headed into the office. She knew the call was coming and I knew I had about 30 minutes to touch base with her.
Habits work…. and good habits are good for us especially in the arena of building relationships.
When I look at my day-to-day life with my kids…I smile at the traditions and habits that we have.
Obviously, Friday night is PIZZA night, but there are others that my kids just know to be constants in their lives.
The newest one is French Fry Day…. we do it every Thursday – which makes my baby girl and I giggle every time we say it.
It’s just that, Birdie (my daughter) and I go get an order of fries, right after I pick her up from school and share them. We eat one fry at a time and talk about how things are going with her. Pretty precious time if I do say so myself. Such a simple thing but makes a big difference in our relationship.
Habits and traditions create strong families and relationships. With the holidays sneaking up on us… what traditions and habits do you share with those people you love the most? I’ll share some Christmas ones coming up soon.