Today is the Winter Solstice (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), meaning it is the shortest day of the year. Why do we care about that at a law firm? Well, as family law practitioners we know that it can be difficult for families going through divorce or other changes to maintain and build positive relationships between children and adults. The Solstice offers a great topic of conversation and learning for parents and their children.
Parents are their children’s first teachers. When parents teach things to their children, or are taught by them, they form memories and stronger bonds. Most parents have heard about summer learning loss, but it’s possible that other academic breaks can have a similar effect. Does that mean that during winter break experts want children to be doing worksheets all day? No. But families can learn together as they participate in existing holiday traditions or create new ones.
The solstice is a convenient starting point for learning and discovery. Here’s a great overview of what a solstice is: Understanding the Winter Solstice
Are your kids interested in geography? There are monuments all over the world that are related to the solstice. Stonehenge in England, Newgrange in Ireland, and the Bighorn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming are just a few.
Are your children more interested in reading? The Winter Solstice, since it is the shortest day of the year, is a great time to suggest a joining in Celebrate Short Fiction Day. Do you have a favorite short story you can share with your teens? Have they read one this year in school that they’d like to share with the family? One timely example is O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi.”
Here’s a short video that explains the solstice and its relationship to the seasons.
Even when families are facing their first holiday season since a separation, there are opportunities for connection, bonding, and learning. No matter the situation, it is a parent’s responsibility to model the adult behavior that they want their children aspiring to. We look forward to helping you find ways to do just that.