February 24, 2012

What’s Your Family Culture?


No, I’m not asking whether your ancestors came from China or Scotland.   And no, I’m not asking if you use cloth napkins or dine on fine food while gazing at expensive art.   I’m asking what is the culture uniquely shared within your family.
According to The American Heritage Dictionary culture is  “The sum of attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another.” 

Merriam Webster defines it as, “ the characteristic features of everyday existence (as diversions or a way of life} shared by people in a place or time.”

So what is your family’s culture? 

What is the norm or the characteristic features of everyday existence in your home?

The norm in our home is loudness!  I am a person that likes my peace and quiet, but I’ve learned to adapt and appreciate that a home filled with five healthy happy kids is often times noisy.   The noise signifies activity happening, discussions taking place, games being played—or in other words—life being lived.  I realize high volume living is not the norm in every family.   Once a neighbor kid told me coming to my house was like coming to a birthday party because as an only child, he lived in a much quieter home.   I thought that was quite a nice complement. 

Busyness is a characteristic feature of our home.   From early in the morning until we gather as a family for supper, our days are full.   We are a family that likes to do and go—swimming, gardening, volunteering, working, studying, acting, building.    We are happy when at the end of the day we can look back at what was accomplished that day. 

We are a family of traditions.   Special occasions mean we will make pancit and lumpia, foods from my husband’s childhood.   The Christmas season finds us enjoying the same twenty-four devotionals year after year.   When Dad is out of town on business, we go out to eat for breakfast.    And we’ll have a party at the drop of a hat.    Traditions bring  a feeling of unity and specialness to our family. 

Chores and work are a normal part of our lives together.   We play hard and we work hard.   And we do it all together!   Teaching that work is not something to be dreaded, but rather an opportunity to be together while getting things done that must get done is just a part of our family dynamic.  

As a homeschooler, I feel blessed to have had extra time with my children to emphasis and teach the attitudes, customs, and beliefs we feel are important and create an unique family culture. 

How does your family express your distinct family culture? 

Emily Tan blogs as MissMOE over at Homeschooling While Living the Life of Easier.   This weekend you’ll find her throwing a big  loud bash with her family for her oldest daughter's sixteenth birthday!

3 comments - Add a comment below -:

JRoberts said...

I loved this!

Our family has a distinct "culture" as well. Thank you so much for this. It has apawned an idea for FHE on Monday! :)

spencer said...

This is great. I think about family culture a lot. My family culture today, is not the same as my childhood. More noise and more people are the biggest changes. Sometimes I long for quiet. Oh well, family is good and totally worth it.

Pancit and lumpia! I need to introduce these into our family culture. I served in the Philippines.

My name is Tiffany said...

I am an only child and always wanted a large family. When I would visit my grandparents home who had 15 children I loved the noise, laughter and memories shared of thier time growing up together.
Did you say lumpia, oh man I love lumpia. I haven't had good lumpia in a long, long, long time. Great post.