Some traditions were carefully created while others were made up on the spot. However, it is also true that many traditions fade away over time. For families that are seeking out a tradition that provides a strong bonding experience, one of the best is painting. In fact, painting is becoming a part of more homes around the world for many reasons.
Why Painting Can Build Strong Family Bonds
It may seem a little counterintuitive at first that the individual expression of painting can be translated to a family bonding experience. However, there are definite advantages to bringing in the power of painting to help bond families together in a healthy way.
Individual Expression: Selecting the right tradition means bringing people together while celebrating the expression of children and adults alike. Painting provides everyone to maintain their individuality while participating in a group event. If everyone in your family paints an apple for example, each painting will be different in terms of color, size, placement, and expression.
Therapeutic: Painting is an expression of the soul. What you cannot say with words can be expressed in the paintings you create. Painting is one of the most therapeutic of all art forms because with a canvas, a brush, and different colors of paint you can express thoughts, ideas, and feelings in a way that is not possible with words. For decades, therapists have encouraged children and adults to express their feelings through the healthy activity of painting.
Healing: One of the most important aspects of establishing painting as your family tradition is the healing aspects that it provides. Because painting is a healthy way to express feelings, even broken relationships may be mended over time through the expression that painting provides. When combined with proper counselling, painting can help heal the divisions within the family structure.
Inexpensive: Of course, it does help if the tradition is an inexpensive one like painting. You can shop at your local retail store for the paints, brushes, and canvas which is easy on the pocketbook and provides many hours of joy and entertainment. An hour or two of painting each week carries with it very little cost and yet it provides so much harmony to the home.
There is a lot to be said about how painting can help build lasting bonds within the family. You can start today by purchasing a few art supplies and setting aside a little time on a regular basis to paint together. You can start with still life and work your way towards independent, original expressions. In whatever manner you approach painting as a new family tradition, it is one that brings individuality, internal expression, and a healthy release of emotions.
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