Re­flect on your fam­ily val­ues

Living and Loving - - FAMILY INSPIRATION -

Cre­at­ing your new tra­di­tions brings a great op­por­tu­nity to chat with your part­ner about your fam­ily val­ues. Do you want your fam­ily ethos to be about hap­pi­ness, achieve­ment, kind­ness or be­ing to­gether? Now put this el­e­ment into the heart of one of your new tra­di­tions. For ex­am­ple, if you de­cide help­ing oth­ers is im­por­tant to your fam­ily, make it a fes­tive tra­di­tion to gather a bag of out­grown toys and take them to­gether to the char­ity shop. “It’s a good way to es­tab­lish your val­ues as a fam­ily,” says Dr Pa­padopou­los. “Christ­mas is the ideal op­por­tu­nity to walk the walk, as well as talk the talk, with your child.”

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