I slice the earth with the blade of the shovel, digging carefully around the roots of the peony bush. For two years, the bush had not thrived. It had not bloomed well and had gotten powdery mildew on the leaves. It did not get enough sun in its current location. I placed the uprooted plant into the wheel barrel and pushed it around the house and to the front garden, which gets more consistent full sun. I transplanted it next to the arbor that guards the entrance to the vegetable garden. Now it has a spot to flourish. Cultivating family culture is a lot like gardening. It sometimes takes some transplanting, pruning, and watering to make your family culture really flourish.
Family Culture is Natural
Whether you give it much thought or not, your family already has a culture. Perhaps others can identify your family culture better than you can yourself. Culture can be described as “the sum total of ways of living built up by a group of human beings and transmitted from one generation to another.”
More simply put, family culture is the way your family lives life together. Are you the soccer family whose weekends are spent on the soccer field? Are you the hiking family who camps for vacations and hikes in national parks? Are you the family who reads books out loud to the kids every night? Is your family known for hospitality and having people over every weekend? Or is your family defined by serving the community and volunteer work?