I've always said that some of my goals with my blog are to promote family traditions, to show how vintage can play an important role in telling your family story, and how frugal living can actually improve your quality of life. Nothing accomplishes all three of those goals at once like baking bread.
Bread Baking a Rewarding Tradition - Feeding the Soul
I can't say it any better than Meg Cox, a traditions expert states, "There is a great difference between routine and ritual. Routines are obligatory activities that require little or no thought. Rituals encompass spirit, magic, and that overused word, empowerment, to transform you to new levels of accomplishment and being." She goes on to outline how rituals benefit children.
Ten Good Things Rituals Do for Children
1. Impart a sense of identity
2. Provide comfort and security
3. Help to navigate change
4. Teach values
5. Pass on ethnic or religious heritage
6. Teach practical skills
7. Solve problems
8. Keep alive a sense of departed family members
9. Help heal from loss or trauma
10. Generate wonderful memories
Baking with your children or grandchildren does or can actualize all of the above. Your children or grandchildren will take pride in saying our family makes our own bread. Cooking and baking are a great way to use reading and math skills in everyday life. The importance of learning and taking tasks one at a time leading to a great outcome. It affords you time for small talk and sharing things that have happened during the week. It's also a great time to share things you did with your parents or grandparents passing along your family story. These are the things which unite us as families. They build and strengthen family bonds and help to create a strong sense of identity.
Another lovely thing about using bread baking as a ritual is the variety of bread recipes which are seasonal. As everyone's skill level increases, your weekly bread recipe can change as an outward expression of the seasons, holidays and family celebrations. Even combative siblings can find common ground in the kitchen and learn to work together. Instill your family values, bread baking will help to create a positive family culture and build strong memories.