Boys Town Top Five Strategies for Creating Holiday Family Traditions

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The old adage "do as I say, not as I do" really is all wrong. Boys Town provides five ways to create memorable holiday tradions, the foundation of which is teaching through shared experience rather than merely from parents talking.

When advertising and popular culture tell kids the holidays are all about 'getting stuff,' teach your kids to love people and use things, instead of the other way around.

Boys Town releases advice for parents on how to create memorable holiday traditions. The national child care organization, started over 90 years ago, says children are great learning machines, but they learn more through experience than they do from their parents talking. Teach them about family time by creating unique traditions.

1.    Kids remember and appreciate time with people they love. Create traditions that involve those people nearest and dearest to your kids.
2.    You don’t need to spend money to make memories. Gather the family for ice skating in the park, free holiday concerts, or trips to see Santa or view holiday lighting displays.
3.    Carry forward at least one of your most cherished family traditions from your own childhood—and talk to your kids about it.
4.    A few carefully considered traditions that everyone will enjoy is better than overloading your schedule and resources.
5.    Create traditions that honor your family’s faith.

“During the holidays, what kids remember most is time with loved ones,” says Laura Buddenberg, Boys Town Child Expert. “When advertising and popular culture tell kids the holidays are all about ‘getting stuff’, teach your kids to love people and use things, instead of the other way around.”

Boys Town counsels families and schools across the country on best parenting and discipline practices. These strategies incorporate those teachings and can be used for effective parenting in the home.

You can find more information on the subject at
The Boys Town National Hotline also offers free advice to parents 24/7. Call 1-800-448-3000.

About Boys Town
Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2010, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 400,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

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