Dinner is served
A couple days before Christmas, I make spaghetti sauce. On Christmas afternoon, I move the pot of sauce from our refrigerator to the range and warm it while preparing pasta from a blue box. Matt slices grocery store bread.
Most brilliant parenting move we’ve made: The tradition of Christmas Spaghetti. If you set the bar low early enough, nobody knows the difference. In fact, we all prefer the freedom that accompanies simplicity.
While making spaghetti doesn’t really qualify as genius, simplicity lowers our family’s stress.
Recipe for success
Simplicity + Tradition is an unstoppable formula in our family.
Complexity increases our family’s stress.
When we create complex traditions, we set ourselves up for repeated failure.
We set our children up for insecurity.
While spaghetti isn’t their favorite food, there is no worthy substitute for Christmas Spaghetti as far as our children are concerned.
And it’s our tradition.
About the Author: Nicole Pritchard is parenting four sons through both birth and foster care adoption. She blogs over at Coffee Colored Sofa where she shares her story of how parenting is changing her. You can also find her on Twitter. This post was originally published on her blog.