Family rituals and routines have been very important to me. If you can’t get them out to a place of worship on a regular basis, why not to their favourite park for a picnic or to a favourite restaurant for brunch and a family chat? This is what the Fletcher parents attempted to keep young Sera connected in The Year of the Rabbit, a novel about Fate, Family and Forgiveness. Hop over to the web site to read some excerpts: http://www.yearoftherabbit.ca/ T
Over the past decade, social science researchers have emphasized how engaging in family rituals and routines, like having regular family mealtimes together, can help to prevent negative psychological outcomes for children, adolescents and families.
The idea that a simple solution, such as having a meal together, could prevent problem behavior and minimize psychological distress seems like a very appealing antidote to the problem of family disengagement that seems to be afflicting so many American families.
But like many research findings on youth and families, the reality may be more complex.
A recent study conducted by Yesel Yoon, a graduate student researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, found that the presence of family rituals and routines alone do not lead to psychological health. Instead, it is only when family members understand the meaning and importance of these rituals and routines, that they are associated with feelings of positive psychological well…
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