The Heart of a Family: Searching America for New Traditions That Fulfill Us

The Heart of a Family Searching America for New Traditions That Fulfill Us Parents today face an uphill battle How can they make a haven of home and create treasured traditions when family time is besieged on every side As a new mother Meg Cox faced these concerns and began

  • Title: The Heart of a Family: Searching America for New Traditions That Fulfill Us
  • Author: Meg Cox
  • ISBN: 9780679448631
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Parents today face an uphill battle How can they make a haven of home and create treasured traditions when family time is besieged on every side As a new mother, Meg Cox faced these concerns and began a quest to find new traditions powerful enough to compete with the distractions and dislocations of contemporary life In this warm and wise book, Meg Cox shares what shParents today face an uphill battle How can they make a haven of home and create treasured traditions when family time is besieged on every side As a new mother, Meg Cox faced these concerns and began a quest to find new traditions powerful enough to compete with the distractions and dislocations of contemporary life In this warm and wise book, Meg Cox shares what she found on her search and introduces us to the families who taught her She learned what sorts of rituals help hold families together, from grand holiday bashes to everyday bedtime routines, and why they have such a lasting impact on children, guiding them safely through crucial transitions and reinforcing a sense of identity Meg Cox interviewed than two hundred diverse families for this book, and found they are not only celebrating milestones and holidays in distinctive ways but also using ritual effectively in every phase of their lives, from the practical to the whimsical She tells the story of Suzy Kellett, who raised quadruplets on her own and used rituals to keep the family close In Merchantsville, N.J the Lynch family has a Happiness Party when everyone is down in the dumps, and Mary Sutton of Wyoming made up a seatbelt buckling ritual after the family was in a minor car accident There are rituals here that break up sibling fights, scare away under the bed monsters, make an adopted child feel cherished, and celebrate a girl s first period Cox s reporting brings us new versions of favorite holiday traditions, as well as fresh rituals tailor made for the demands of contemporary life She gives valuable advice on creating new traditions from scratch, and also talks candidly about ritual s potential pitfalls, explaining when and how rituals should be changed or dropped The Heart of a Family is a joyous, welcoming, but always realistic book, full of activities and ideas that have been road tested in the tumult of daily family experience It will enrich your family life for years to come.

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    1. I read this book awhile ago but never added it to my list. As first daughter is approaching motherhood, I dragged it out and foisted it upon her. If you are early in your motherhood/fatherhood, I think it deserves reading. You can probably get the heart of it out of the first section and then read selectively through the rest. I heartedly endorse it.

    2. I wannnnnnnt to like this book more than I do. I wanted this book to be so fulfilling that I would lose my own desire to write a book about traditions. This one is better than I have read but it nearly bores me to tears. To much story-format for the substance. Well rounded stories - lesbian couples to latter-day saint family home evenings. But I would be finished, or at least finish it, if it held my attention at all. I believe it will go back to the lirbary before I get through it.

    3. she had a lot of interesting ideas to celebrate everything from Halloween to Easter to Passover. however it got pretty boring hearing example after example after example of peoples traditions. not much thought in this book, just a collection of examples. must admit i skipped a few pages here and there and it didnt matter the least bit.

    4. There's nothing quite like being quoted repeatedly in a book to make it a must-read. I had extensive email conversations with the author while she was writing this and truly enjoyed contributing to it and seeing the finished product. Plus I do love seeing my name and words in print.

    5. Cox is a former Wall Street Journal reporter and conducted a ton of interviews in writing the book. She shares the rituals families across the country have adopted for well-known and lesser-known holidays. Also includes rational for why families should pay attention to their ritual building.

    6. A wonderful and inspiring book that provides many great ideas for traditions you can use or create with your family.

    7. I love the idea of making new holidays and traditions to emphasize the things that really matter to you.It is the repetition that adds power and sweetness to shared family memories.

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