Why are family rituals important?

Every family has activities that they enjoy together on a regular basis. With time, these activities become rituals, predictable and an integral part of life.

A family ritual is a set of behaviours that is repeated and that is symbolically meaningful. Some of the rituals could be performed on birthdays, anniversaries or just a daily rituals like saying grace before eating.

CapeTalk/702's Redi Tlhabi spoke to parenting expert, Nikki Bush about the effects of family rituals on children.

Family rituals create an emotional anchor for children and also a form of bonding for the family

Nikki Bush - Parenting expert

Listen to the full conversation on the Redi Thlabi Show:

Here are some of the activities families can enjoy together:

Shopping Shopping provides regular opportunities for parents and children to spend time together.

Singing and dancing Singing and dancing as a family promotes feelings of closeness and joy.

Holidays Going on a holiday as a family gives the family a chance to bond in a problem free environment.

Recreational activities Family recreation is an important way to strengthen the family. Playing games, walks or watching movies together these are good ways to reduce stress.

Communication Communication is very important. Setting aside time to talk lets you in on what the next person is going through.


This article first appeared on 702 : Why are family rituals important?


Read More
Talking Sex with Dr Eve: Bullied as a child, sexually dysfunctional as an adult?

Talking Sex with Dr Eve: Bullied as a child, sexually dysfunctional as an adult?

Eusebius McKaiser and resident sexologist Dr Eve speak about how being bullied as a child could affect your adult sexual life.

ANC stalwarts to host independent consultative conference

ANC stalwarts to host independent consultative conference

Karima Browns says the ANC has responded to the stalwarts' gathering stating it is not a sanctioned party event.

Naked Scientist: Discovery of an earth-sized planet called Ross-128b

Naked Scientist: Discovery of an earth-sized planet called Ross-128b

Chris Smith joins the Eusebius McKaiser Show every Friday to answer questions on science or just about anything else.

Listeners read passages from their favourite books, essays and poems

Listeners read passages from their favourite books, essays and poems

Callers show appreciation for the written word by reading excerpts on air during the Literature Corner with Eusebius McKaiser.

Mpofu-Walsh: Heher Commission model on fees is dangerous and ill-conceived

Mpofu-Walsh: Heher Commission model on fees is dangerous and ill-conceived

Those behind this model know very well that it is going to explode in our faces two decades down the line, says Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh.

SA funnyman Loyiso Gola talks new gig and taking on the global comedy scene

SA funnyman Loyiso Gola talks new gig and taking on the global comedy scene

The comedian self-examines some of the shady social norms he's learned while growing up in his new stand-up show, Unlearning.

Popular articles
Is taking items from the hotel room stealing?

Is taking items from the hotel room stealing?

Tsogo Sun Cape regional manager explains which items are free to be taken home by guests and why.

Why SA lost the Rugby World Cup bid: 'It is all about the money'

Why SA lost the Rugby World Cup bid: 'It is all about the money'

Stephen Grootes spoke to rugby writer and commentator Andy Capostagno.

Soldiers detain Robert Mugabe

Soldiers detain Robert Mugabe

Grace Mugabe may have fled to Namibia. Bruce Whitfield interviews political commentator Rashweat Mukundu.

I think we are going to witness a coup d'état in slow motion - Zim journalist

I think we are going to witness a coup d'état in slow motion - Zim journalist

According to reports in Zimbabwe, the military has taken over and has been making public announcement since Tuesday night.

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

Loo Me is a simple yet effective scented foam that takes the yuck out of "mellowing" toilets preventing multiple flushes.