I’ve been reading about bedtime routines lately, for a couple of reasons.
First of all, Kaylia is having trouble going to bed at night, and we need to make some adjustments to her routine.
But the second reason is that I came across an article about why adults need bedtime routines, too! If you want to get to bed earlier, and improve the quality of your sleep, a bedtime routine will send the message to your body that it’s time to wind down for the day.
This past year has been about messages getting sent to our bodies – in many other ways than just bedtime routines.
In the last year, we have had to adjust to a new house, a new town, a new church, a new job for Ben, with very different hours from what he was working before, which meant a new adjustment for the girls, too. In some ways, moving away from camp was almost like a cultural change, too! Very extreme, in so many different ways, and yet, as I look back over this last year, I’m a bit surprised by how quickly everyone has adjusted and settled into Niverville life.
This last weekend, I think I finally figured out one of the reasons why….
We spent the weekend at the cabin, and on Sunday morning, I was watching Ben and the girls search for clues to our family’s Annual Father’s Day Treasure Hunt. I think Ben had been awake for a total of about 2 minutes that morning before the girls eagerly pounced on him, begging to begin the treasure hunt.
We’ve never done it at the cabin before – the tradition was started while we were living at camp, and Anika thought it was tons of fun to have all these new locations to use for hiding clues.
As they went from the dock to the microwave to the picture frames, I suddenly realized how much our treasure hunt accomplishes. The girls get so excited about it each year, and it’s just one of those things we do.
It doesn’t matter where we are – it always feels like Father’s Day, as long as we have a treasure hunt.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized how all of our little family traditions have held us together through this past year. We can be in a completely different place, living a very different kind of life, and yet we still feel like “us”, because we have these anchors holding us down, keeping us safe and steady, even when everything else is changing.
I’ve always loved our little family traditions, but this past year, I’ve seen how much we need them – how fast someplace can feel like home, because we make it home with what we do together as a family. We’re sending messages to our bodies to settle in and get comfy!
I think it’s time to get even more intentional about adding in some more family traditions…
What are your favorite family traditions?