This time of year marks the traditional celebration of Easter – a time of opening our doors, reuniting with family members, enjoying community egg hunts, decorating eggs, and for many, a time of sacred prayer and family reflection.
The distress that surrounds us as a result of COVID-19 certainly changes the normal flow of things. At the same time however, the themes of renewal, rebirth, and resilience remain. From one point of view, we could see this holiday as perfectly timed, to remind us all of the importance of these values and themes in our homes, our families, and our communities. Consider the values that are important to your family at this time of year, and try to find some creative ways to weave these into teachings for your family. Traditions of Gratitude, for example, fit in beautifully with this time of year.
And don’t forget to have some fun together! According to FamilyEducation.com the top 10 Easter activities for families include:
- Egg and Spoon Race.
- Jelly Bean Guessing Games.
- Read Easter and Spring Children’s Books.
- Plant Flowers.
- Decorate an Easter Egg Tree.
- Make Chocolate Fondue.
- Create Easter Crafts.
- Give a Gift Basket.
Described in further detail here, you could try a variation of many of these activities in the comfort of your home or yard. Women’s Day also describes some fun Easter activities you can enjoy while practicing social distancing.
We’ve taken time on this blog to emphasize the value and role of traditions in increasing happiness, emotional wellness, and positive self-identity in children. Certainly during this time of unprecedented unrest and upheaval to the daily routine, holding true to traditions becomes a lifeline that all of our children need now more than ever. Never underestimate the power of tradition.