I have realized over my relatively short stint as a mother, that family traditions don’t just happen: you, as the parent, have to create them, intentionally. And that’s really hard for me, because I did not grow up with a lot of intentional traditions nor do I feel extremely creative about such things. Holidays and birthdays were kept extremely simple, though we did have our own set events associated with them. But, I always yearned for more, and desperately want more of them for my children. I especially want this because research has shown that family dinners and positive family experiences leads to less drug and alcohol abuse among teenagers and fosters better long-term relationships between parents and children. I believe that these great family traditions should unify the family together, be memorable, be repeatable, and be engaging.
That’s why I’m excited to share with you about a toy store based out of Provo, Utah (home of my Alma Mater Brigham Young University) called Blickenstaff’s. In their small store you can find hundreds of non “big-box” store toys, candy, and games. And over the last year they have worked tirelessly on a new product line – Blickenstaff’s Traditions. Since Blickenstaff’s is a family name and family brand, they want to help family relationships stay the most important things in our lives, by helping families create family traditions When thinking back on their own childhoods, they realized it was traditions, not toys, that created their happiest memories. So, they decided to help parents out by creating traditions-in-a-box.
They have created five different ones: two for birthdays, one for back-to-school, one for Halloween, and one for the family dinner table, all which fit into an heirloom-quality tins. The people over at Blickenstaff’s believe that family traditions can be as simple as story time, setting the dinner table, or telling a joke, and their line of new “toys” reflect it. The great thing about their ideas is that they don’t take a lot of time or effort, but help create some enhanced family interactions.
The individuals behind Blickenstaff’s sent me their “High and Low” gift, which is essentially a mini family journal, which I think is pretty cool. What I really like about all of their traditions tins is the element of recording, journaling, and remembering. I am a big fan of journals (even if it’s been about a year since I last wrote in mine, although my monthly “What’s up Fagans? Fridays” post have been quasi filling in for the time being) and love being able to look back. In this “High and Low” weekly calendar, there are 52 unique discussion prompts to encourage some fun conversations, as well as record everyone’s high and low moments from the last week (and even what you ate that night, which might be a good way to record if recipes worked out or not too!). There is also plenty of space for guests’ names and answers too! Wouldn’t it be fun if you tried to invite people over once a week and invited them to join you in your high and low discussions and the little prompt questions? I think that would be a great family tradition!
Learn more about who they are and what their new line of Blickenstaff’s Family Tradition Collection by watching their kickstarter video below, or checking them out on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | or Pinterest.
Tell me, what do you think about a toy that is actually just a fun way to create a family memory? And do you have family traditions? What are they?
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