A couple of years ago I was reading an article on raising happy children which tackled in one of its points the importance of creating a certain culture inside the family. The writer explained that having a family culture helps the children grow up feeling safe and secured. He talked about celebrations as a great way to be used for the well being of children.Reading this article opened my eyes on one of my mother’s walks to secure her daughters. Though I got married many years ago and my children are teens, my mother still has her routines. The chocolate Santa is one of them. Though we’re Muslims, my mother, on yearly basis, gets us the chocolate Papa Noël in Christmas. Now not only she gets it for me, she gets it for my children too. In the holy month of Ramadan she has her yummy dishes and juices which she prepares herself despite her ageing body. She walked her way in building a culture of open mindedness.
From my mother I learned to celebrate feasts for human beings despite their religious beliefs. She inspired me with her walk to build my own culture in my family hoping to bring up secured and happy children. My mother never talked to me about a chocolate as a way to secure a child, yet receiving this chocolate made me feel secured year after year.
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