Celebrating Important Milestones

While some families think of holidays and birthdays as the main reasons to get together, a number of families also celebrate or remember important milestones. These events are important because they honor an achievement or a passage of time. They show that we’re all together in the cycle of life. Consider these milestones:

  • Births and adoptions
  • Growing achievements (such as learning how to walk, performing in a first concert, or playing in a first sports game)
  • Academic achievements (such as at the end of the school year or the end of a semester)
  • Awards (such as getting an Eagle Scout Award, a Girl Scout Gold Award, or a Community Service award)
  • Adoption arrival anniversaries
  • Blended family anniversaries
  • Graduation (from preschool, elementary school, junior high, high school, or college)
  • Religious ceremonies (such as a bat or bar mitzvah or confirmation)
  • Weddings
  • Wedding anniversaries
  • Retirement
  • Death of a family member
  • Anniversary of the death of a family member
  • Unusual milestones, such as a once-a-year “unbirthday” party or a ritual that celebrates raking up the leaves for the last time each fall

No matter what you’re celebrating or remembering, make sure to be regular about it and include all family members, both kids and adults. Even if you don’t celebrate the typical family holidays, you can find time to connect with your kids and other family members around other occasions.




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