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Rhythms + Rituals

  • June 2, 2017
  • By naima
Rhythms + Rituals

We had a very loose pattern that primarily followed the rhythm of the kids needs before we went on the road. It’s still sometimes surprising how we’ve become more regimented as a family in some ways. However, having a more structured rhythm to our days has made us all feel more connected and secure as we roam.

Mornings start out with AP foraging for coffee. He will hit the streets solo if he has a conference call that doesn’t approve of the ‘morning music’ of our three little birds. Otherwise, one or all of the kids will trail along with him. We each try to spend one-on-one time with each child weekly, so coffee runs often end up being mini ‘daddy dates’.

This year we are working on carving out an afternoon quiet hour. The time is usually spent doing handwork (we are into knitting/crocheting, needle felting, and sewing these days), reading either alone or quietly aloud to LuLu, or listening to a Sparkle Story. So far it’s been hit or miss depending on how much outdoor romping has happened in the morning.

Everybody’s favorite ritual is our nightly wind down routine. We start with a gratitude/intentions circle highlighting each persons day. Then we read a story or two from Buddha at Bedtime. Every story has a message, and you can search the glossary by theme. We don’t carry many books with us (holy heavy!), but it is seriously such a good book. Thanks, mom! If we had gelato to close to bedtime, we might go through a guided meditation to get really mellow. The girls just recently learned that most people go to bed *after* the sun has set, so this grounding routine helps prepare them for early bedtimes.

We also create homey spaces through maintaining familiar traditions. At Christmastime we put up a (small) real tree at and lay out our socks. We sneak each other valentines, and trick-or-treat at our own door…or sometimes the airport! And birthday cake is never optional, and not complete without a fancy star sparkler. Of course, immersing ourselves in the rituals of our host culture is never forgotten. From the familiar (día de los muertos and carnival) to the somewhat side-eyed (Zwarte Piet, anyone?). Connecting to the culture gives commonality and familiarity, which is grounding in itself.

By naima, June 2, 2017
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