There is little evidence of the fading of the noble traditions of the nation that were designed by our predecessors and may disappear soon. Moreover, this condition of concern is exacerbated by the family, which should have played a role in preserving this tradition, instead choosing to refuse to take on this responsibility. With reason, time and age make them feel that they do not need to apply past habits and traditions that have been taught by their previous ancestors.
In addition, parents’ busyness is a factor that greatly affects this. Never mind to teach them about traditions and invite children to always be involved, paying attention alone feels very difficult for career parents to do it. If communication between children and parents is never carried out or is hampered due to their own busyness, it will be increasingly difficult to educate and direct children to become what we want to be.
We also certainly understand that without our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and ancestors, it is impossible for us to be born into this world. Therefore, traditions in the family are made or formed solely with one purpose, namely to remind that every human being has involvement with other people in his life, and that they do not live alone in this world.
Children who realize that they grew up in a loving family environment and around them are kind people with love, are generally more likely to grow up to be children with more self-confident personalities. So it is with children who are clear about their family origins or the history of the birth of their clan. This way the children will be more confident in achieving their dreams and taking steps in any condition. Apart from that, introducing children to their family origins can be a part of involving children in family traditions.
By knowing and loving their history and family origins, they will increasingly uphold their dignity in the family, which they hope to continue to apply wherever they are, both in their environment and when they are in a new place. For this reason, never hesitate or embarrassed to introduce children to family traditions.
But besides that, introducing children to family traditions alone will not be enough to make them able to love what has become a tradition in their family. Parents need to involve their children in various events that are part of a series of family traditions, this of course is solely for the sake of growing and building a sense of belonging in them so that children will not object to preserving the tradition when they grow up. .
So, here are some things parents can do to involve their children in traditional events in their family.
1. Reborn Tradition in Family
Each family and ethnic group in general must have a certain tradition or culture that is only practiced by their group. Whether it is related to religious matters, welcoming a new day or year or perhaps welcoming the celebration of Indonesia’s independence day, maybe some of these traditions have become extinct and are starting to be forgotten.
So, to be able to involve children in knowing and loving traditions in a family or a tribe. So, try everything that will make them at least get to know the culture that disappeared. If the culture allows it to be revived, then there is nothing wrong with doing this. By constantly introducing children to this culture, it is more likely that they will fall in love with their family traditions. When they fall in love, their desire to preserve this tradition will be even greater.
2. Apply in Routines
Even though it’s not done often, of course there are moments where in the family, you take the time to be together with your extended family. However, when your ancestors are gone, this tradition is generally less and less practiced. So, to make your little one get involved and love the traditions of his family. There is nothing wrong, if the culture of gathering together with the extended family is still held. Take advantage of this time for your little one to get to know the family tree and get to know the names of their grandparents.
There is nothing wrong, if you take them to your oldest sister who likes to share stories. Let them listen to a piece of the two-piece story that their uncle and aunt told them about their former family. In this way the children will start to get used to it and in the end it is hoped that they will be able to show their interest in preserving traditions in their families.
3. Social Networking Assistance
If you are with your family you live far apart from your parents and family. This may make it more difficult for you to introduce traditions to your children. However, no need to worry, take advantage of everything around you, especially take advantage of the presence of the internet and social networking. Isn’t this a medium that will make our life easier?
So, for that, when you feel frustrated to invite and involve your baby in getting to know the traditions in the family. So take advantage of something that can make children at least know their pedigree from the photos they see. For example, you may have a Facebook social network account. Take advantage of this social networking account to be able to connect with your family who also has this account. Ask the children to see that they are her aunt and uncle. Even though the child cannot be directly involved, give this understanding gradually. Where other times you can visit your family with your baby.
4. Make it a habit to visit Grandma’s house when there is free time
When you live far from your parents’ house, there is nothing wrong with visiting your parents, this can also be used as a moment for your little one to be able to spend his vacation time. By getting closer to the relationship between your little one and his grandparents, the more likely it will be for him to know more about the history and genealogy of his family. In this way slowly but surely your parents will start to involve them in the traditions that exist in their family.
Teaching traditions and culture to your little one is important in order to form a good personality and ethics in him. Because as we know today, good attitudes and ethics in them seem to fade and disappear along with the emergence of modernity in today’s young generation. For this reason, the above methods are expected to be able to assist parents in educating and teaching their children to be involved in the traditions of their families.