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The Book of New Family Traditions (Revised and Updated): How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day Paperback – May 22, 2012
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Jeffrey Zaslow, bestselling author of "The Girls From Ames "and co-author of "The Last Lecture
""Meg Cox has a gift for finding unique and heartfelt ways to celebrate and deepen the love within families. This book will make your family life richer."
Laurie David, bestselling author of "The Family Dinner Book: Great Ways to Connect With Your Kids One Meal at a Time
""Rituals and traditions make for happy children and happy families. When people look back on their childhood, it's not the big trips or presents that they remember, but the rituals that evoke the cozy, warm memories. Meg has a book full of ideas for how you can create memorable moments for your children...and yourselves."
Bobbi Conner, author of "Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun
"""The Book of New Family Traditions "inspires parents to create their own joyful and comforting rituals to define and sustain their family. This terrific book has hundreds of ideas to make family life more fun and memorable."
Naomi Drew, author of "No Kidding About Bullying," LearningPeace.com
"This book is truly amazing! I only wish I had it when my children were young. Meg's wonderful rituals are sure to enrich every life they touch. Her book has the power to fill homes with more connection, creativity, peace and happiness. If there's one thing I could say to parents, it's 'Get it Now!'"
Jennifer Grant, mother of four, journalist and author of "Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter," and "MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family
""I'm grateful to have discovered Meg Cox's traditions work when my children were very small. Thanks to her, rituals are an integral and cherished part of my family's culture. As she says in "The Book of New Family Traditions," ritual not only helps us create wonderful memories, but unifies my family as we negotiate transitions or other tricky times. We celebrate everything from the beginning of the sc
About the Author
Meg Cox is a journalist, author, and expert in family traditions, and is a regular on NPR's Parent's Journal. A former reporter for "The Wall Street Journal, " she now writes for "Family Fun, Good Housekeeping, Parenting, " and "Cooking Light." She lives in Princeton, NJ. Please visit her at megcox.com.
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Make Mondays less Monday by serving Monday Sundaes for breakfast! (Frozen yogurt & fresh fruit for us)
Implement a rule that siblings are only allowed to insult each other in Shakespearean taunts (brilliant!)
Eating by candlelight once a week and making a toast.
The book also does well at covering (almost) all types of families. There are special traditions for dads, traditions for step-parents, extended family members, adoptive children, etc...
Trust me, you won't walk away from this book without learning a few new things, being inspired to celebrate your family even more, and some great ideas to do so.
This book is more than just a 'rah rah' speech encouraging us to create rituals. It's more than just examples of what other people do. Meg takes us by the hand and shows us what a ritual really is, why it's important, how to go about constructing one and how to use it. Then she shares an extensive library of rituals used by many, many different families. She covers the holidays, special occasions and milestones as well as the every day. And the whole book is designed so you can skip about and get what you need at any moment.
I think my favorite aspect of the book is the emphasis that is placed on everyday life. While I encourage women to celebrate every day of their life and to create routines to help ease the daily grind, I had not thought of many of the things we do as ritual. Meg opened my eyes and gave me more information to help the women I address and she gave me food for thought as well.
I do believe I've found a new favorite baby shower gift as this is the perfect thing for any mom.
It's alright, but could easily be condensed into a shorter cheaper version, and I think that would be better! I thought maybe 1/2 of it was useful.
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