Family is very important for every person, because it gives you a sense of stability and tradition, a feeling of having support and understanding. You feel secure when thereís a family behind you. They are people you can trust and rely on, people who wonít let you down and who share your joys and sorrows. In happy families parents are frank and honest with their children, they treat their children with respect without moralizing or bossing them, and children in their turn learn how to treat other people and how to form relationship with their peers.
I enjoy the honest and open relationship in my family. I like it when parents trust their children, give them enough freedom and respect them. I think these things make family relations warm and pleasant. There is no so-called ďgeneration gapĒ in our family, though we may argue and disagree on certain issues. I can always bring my friend home and my parents are very positive about it, although they donít always approve of our tastes, views and clothes.
I guess, when people spend more time together they are closer to each other.
We have some family traditions. But to my mind we havenít got anything special or original in our family. All our family traditions are connected with some holidays. Apart from national holidays there are family holidays like birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. A birthday is always a happy event in our family. On these days we usually have a party. Friends and relatives come with flowers and gifts and a festive dinner is served with plenty of delicious food to eat. Afterwards the guests either dance or sing, listen to music or just chat. One more family tradition is spending summer holidays together either at the seaside or in the country, which I enjoy very much. Iíd like to become more independent from my parents in future, nevertheless weíll always be the best friends because my parents are the most important people in the world.
1. Are there any things that you do with your parents together?
My parents are the most important people in the world. You know, my parents and I are usually very busy during the weekdays and we seldom have a chance to spend time together. Sunday is the day when we can sit at a table and talk over everything that happened during the week. Eating together makes us feel close and we often have our most useful conversations at these times. Almost every weekend we visit our grandparents; sometimes we visit my uncle (aunt) and his family.
Also once a week my parents give the flat a big clean. Of course I help them with it. By the way itís not so boring. I turn on music and we even have fun. Then we may go shopping together. I like to go shopping with my parents because they always buy me something. During our shopping rounds we discuss a lot of things and make plans for the next weekend.
2. What is your favourite family tradition?
My favourite tradition is to celebrate the New Year. Itís a special holiday with its charm and surprises. We give presents to each other, go for a walk together, visit our grandparents and family friends.
3. What will you ask your British friend about his/her family traditions?
Have you got any family traditions?
Do you like to spend your free time with your family?
What is the most unusual tradition in your family?
4. What can you advise people who want to get on well with their parents?
I think we are old enough to realize that adults are not saints and may make mistakes and that the so-called generation gap should not spoil our relations. Good children are prepared to compromise and meet their parents halfway, render any possible help to their parents, treat their parents in the way they would like to be treated themselves.
So first of all I can advise for anyone to try to understand the feelings of your parents and show respect to them. Even if you donít agree with their thinking, try to make them understand politely, donít use harsh words with them which may hurt. Itís important to celebrate your parentsí and grandparentsí birthdays. It will make them realize that you care for them.
5. Do you often spend your free time with your parents?
To tell you the truth, I donít often spend time together with my family on weekdays. But on Sunday we try to organize something to have time for each other. We visit our grandparents and friends, go shopping, go for a walk or just eat out.
In summer we often go somewhere together to the seaside or to the country. I like such holidays because usually we have a lot of fun.