Motherhood

What Are Your Family Rituals?

uno family game

Last week, we got a request from a reader names Catherine: “Could you please, please, please have a post where readers submit favorite year-round rituals from their childhood or ones that they’ve started doing for their children? My daughter is at the age where we’d like to create fun traditions, and I know the Cup of Jo community would be a gold mine. Weekly, annual, mundane, extravagant, I want ALL the ideas.”

First, here’s one of ours: Before dinners at restaurants, we always play a game of Uno. We’ll usually play it at home beforehand, or in a hotel lobby if we’re on vacation, but sometimes we’ll play it at the table before the food arrives. The game is often accompanied by wine for the grownups and juice (or Shirley Temples) for the kids. It’s such a fun ritual and helps set a relaxed tone for a family dinner out. That’s all, short and sweet!

Now, please share below what fun things you do regularly with kids in your lives — and let the inspiration begin! xoxo

P.S. Jenny’s ode to rituals, and our five holiday traditions.

  1. Mon says...

    We also play UNO in restaurants! or sometimes Kariba
    and other times Dobble :)

  2. Clare says...

    We have a family tradition for birthday dinners which started when we were kids. Everyone at the dinner has to say something nice about the person whose birthday it is. We call it “going ’round the table”.

    When we became teens, my siblings and I started to get a bit uncomfortable and embarrassed with this tradition and considered it uncool, so we stopped doing it. Then it came back in our 20s and morphed into more of a roast, than a toast.

    Then one night, at my sister’s 28th birthday, her brand new boyfriend was at her birthday dinner. He hadn’t been given prior warning of this tradition. But when it was his turn, he spoke so beautifully about her that we were all left in astounded silence. We barely knew him! They were married in December last year.

    It’s now part of our family folklore. I’ll never forget it.