Has your teen ever given you a hard time when you opted out of a family tradition because you were too tired or busy?

By bogdix on Flickr

By bogdix on Flickr

Maintaining or establishing family, cultural or religious rituals and traditions is one key to building strong families. One teen “lost it” when her mother decided not to host the annual family holiday cookie baking day. Of course, it wasn’t about the cookies, but the time she got to spend laughing and bantering with her mom and siblings.

Be an eParent®! Create video messages for your child at special life moments such as birthdays, school transitions or holidays.  Or put together a digital photo album to give to another family member as a gift.

Traditions and rituals make family life more predictable and give teens a sense of security. They give families a chance to reconnect and provide important opportunities to teach family values. Get creative. Start your new family tradition using digital media today.

Find tips on how to create meaningful family rituals.

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