What is Your Family or Friend Tradition?

Traditions are important for teens

Picture of Fat Albert and his friendsTraditions are events that friends or families do together on a regular basis, whether daily, weekly, monthly or yearly that bring people closer. Family and friendship traditions:

  • Create good vibes for teens.
  • Give teens a sense of belonging.
  • Help teens form their identity.
  • Help teens share common values.
  • Create a sense of security for young adults.

Below is a list of possible traditions that young adults can start with their family or friends right now:

  • Play football together on Sunday afternoon or on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Read magazines, books or stories on the Internet together for at least one hour every week.
  • Volunteer to help feed the homeless.
  • Cook dinner with family members.
  • Take a bike ride or exercise together.
  • Play board games or card games.
  • Have a dance or singing contest.

Every family and friendship tradition is different.  Just make sure you have fun and enjoy the company of the people you love.

The following Young Adult books promote traditions with our family or friends for teens:

Backwater by Joan Bauer bookcoverBackwater
by Joan Bauer


While compiling a genealogy of her family of successful attorneys, 16-year-old history buff Ivy Breedlove treks into the mountain wilderness to interview a reclusive aunt with whom she identifies and who in turn helps her to truly know herself and her family.
 Power &amp; Beauty by Tip "T.I." Harris bookcoverPower & Beauty<by Tip "T.I." Harris with David Ritz

Set in the dangerous shadows of Atlanta, Georgia, Power & Beauty is a dark, gritty story of sex, violence, hustling and redemption centered around Paul “Power” Clay and Tanya “Beauty” Long -- two kids facing long odds and lethal temptations, yet whose miraculous, unbreakable bond ultimately becomes their salvation.

Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson bookcover
Toning the Sweepby Angela Johnson

On a visit to her grandmother Ola, who is dying of cancer in her house in the desert, 14-year-old Emmie hears many stories about the past and her family history and comes to a better understanding of relatives both dead and living.

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup bookcoverGranny Torrelli Makes Soup
by Sharon Creech


With the help of her wise old grandmother, 12-year-old Rosie manages to work out some problems in her relationship with her best friend, Bailey, the boy next door.

Visit the Young Adult section of the Anacostia Neighborhood Library today to share your favorite traditions and reserve your copy of these great book titles and other library materials.