Children need traditions

Children need traditions

Becker-Textor, I./Textor, M. 1990
Children need traditions

Children need traditions

Ingeborg Becker-Textor and Martin Textor

It cannot be disputed that the organization of everyday family life, both in the past and today, is largely in the hands of women and mothers, that traditions are carried on and quasi from them "inherited" become. For example, women are usually still responsible for preparing and organizing family celebrations. Due to the increasing employment of women, there is less and less time to maintain traditions and rituals in the family. So it is not surprising that children’s birthdays are celebrated in fast food or that Christmas is a mere celebration of gifts.

As a consequence of the change in the meaning of tradition and customs in the family, childcare facilities and schools in particular are gaining new importance in the field of festivities and celebrations. Customs, traditions and rituals play an important role in a balanced education of meaning and value, and especially in the area of ​​religious education. Help and suggestions are also to be offered, for example, on how celebrations and celebrations can be revived in the family circle. The experiences of the older generation can be used. Children are very interested in it, "as it used to be". So questions are like "What did you experience on your birthday when you were a child?" No rarity. Children already have a strong historical awareness and a closer relationship to tradition than we adults want to admit. It is certainly true that children have to find their way in today’s world. However, that does not rule out. that the past, with its traditional traditions, must also be preserved and not replaced by modern achievements and trends. Isn’t it a mission of church adult education to revive the value of the festivities and celebrations with exemplary examples and suggestions? Couldn’t more offers and suggestions be given, such as how celebrations and celebrations can be integrated back into family life? For example, encounters between children and old people should not be brought up in kindergarten, so that the former can learn more about past times?

Children need experiences in dealing with traditions, because this gives them a feeling of security and security. Too often they have to accept losses in a wide variety of situations. Again and again they experience that what was there today has already changed tomorrow. That is scary. Only when children feel firmly rooted can they master the challenges of our time. In dealing with socio-cultural change, they also experience that change "normal" and are part of today’s life so that they can accept them more easily.

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