Traditions act as a foundation for families, giving them strength and stability and keeping them close. They can range from simple regular bedtime routines to big holiday celebrations. The important thing is to have some. Research shows that children who feel connected to their families have fewer behavioral problems and are less likely to engage in risky behavior too (like drug and alcohol use). Start a new tradition this summer! Keep it fun and not too complicated. Make sure everyone participates, but be flexible. If the group stops looking forward to it, let it go and try something else. Need ideas? The Book of New Family Traditions has tons of ideas.