That’s the Way We’ve Always Done It
A couple of months ago my wonderful wife wrote That’s the Way We’ve Always Done It in which she talked about not continuing to do certain things during the holidays just because of tradition. This would be a great time to read that and apply it the next few weeks.
Beyond that, consider how tradition might be limiting or hurting your marriage. Are you doing certain things because that’s how your parents or his parents did it? What about traditions you formed when you got married that no longer make sense for the life you have now? How about the traditions of fear and dysfunction you both picked up as kids?
As Lori said in her post:
Traditions can be meaningful and deeply profound.
They can also be miserable and destructive.
Spend some time thinking about what tradition and habit are doing to you and your marriage. Then have a discussion with your husband about the issue. Ask him if there are traditions he thinks should be modified or dismissed and go from there.
~ Paul – I’m XY, and one of our traditions is hugging when Lori comes down the two steps from the bedroom/bathroom to where I stand at my desk.
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