Baby's First Holiday

Start a Tradition

Amidst the frenzy of the season, it's easy to lose sight of what's really important. So this year, with the arrival of your family's newest member, there's no better time to start a tradition. "When you have a baby, the sense of family becomes more significant," says Robin Goodman, PhD, a New York City psychologist specializing in children and family. "Look to your own past and see if there is something you can pass along to this newest generation. Tradition is about the comfort of routine but it also connects people and generations to each other." You don't have to go all out: Even just a photo in front of the tree or a favorite song you sing together can give the holidays special meaning and be the highlight that your family looks forward to each year.

Copyright © 2007. Used with permission from the December 2007 issue of Parents magazine.

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