Adoptive Families' guide to celebrating and remembering special moments
Family life is full of rituals and traditions that bring members together as they celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and a variety of other special events. For adoptive families, some of the most important rituals come at the end of the adoption process, when a new child becomes an official member.
We’ve put together a collection of ways that families come together to recognize the meaningful events in their lives. Plus: see more suggestions for strengthening the family bond in AF's guide to bonding with your baby at adoptivefamilies.com/bonding/family.
The Importance of Traditions
- The Tie That Binds
Whether you follow rituals from your own childhood or establish new ones for your family, traditions are what memories are made of.
- The Birth of Tradition, by JoAnne Solchany, R.N., Ph.D.
Family rituals take on new meaning when we bring a child into our homes.
- Capturing the Spirit of Adoption, by Laura Rittenhouse
Why and how I created a liturgy to celebrate the adoption experience.
Celebrating Our New Additions
Old Holidays, New Traditions
- Creating Holiday Rituals, by Bonnie Perkel
Children love rituals and rhythm, so the more, the merrier.
- A Mother’s Day Ritual, by Beth Roth
Recognizing the contributions that both mothers have made in your child’s life.
- ‘Tis the Season, by Rochelle Green
Tips and ideas for adding Chinese, Russian, or African flavors to your family’s festivities.
Everyday Rituals to Help Your Family Bond
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