The importance of family rituals

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I'm a mother of four children. I was wracked with guilt because my mother, and everyone around me was telling me, "You have to have a ritual every day. You have to sit down as a family and eat dinner every day;" which was utterly impossible. I work. My kids have activities. Sitting at the dinner table looked like a volcano erupting. Half the kids were there and half the kids were not. It was a mess. I realized that what they were really telling me was, it's important to have family rituals. Real rituals that you can rely on. What do we do? Once a week, we go to Denny's and we have breakfast together. It's not glamorous. We were all sitting there having pancakes. It doesn't have to be fancy. It doesn't have to be deep. Order pizza on Sunday night. It just has to be consistent, so that your kids know it's going to happen. Make a family ritual. Ours is having pancakes in the morning. Yours may look very different, just make sure you have one.
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Rabbi Sherre Hirsch

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Rabbi Sherre Hirsch is a mother of four, author, speaker, TV personality, teacher and the spiritual life consultant for Canyon Ranch.  After eight years at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, she stepped out from behind the formal podium to share her message in all kinds of pulpits from The Today Show to a small baptist church in Alabama.  She published her first book, We Plan, God Laughs: What to Do When Life Hits You Over the Head in 2008; her second book will be published in early 2013. Rabbi Hirsch spends her free time practicing yoga, baking brownies and playing freeze dance with her husband and children.

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