When your children are small it seems that every single day is family day. So much so, that often parents just can’t wait to get away from the house for a bit to retrieve any last shreds of sanity. But as the children grow older it becomes obvious that there is a great deal of importance to family days that help to build the familial bridges and keep one another in touch with the elder. As days become filled with schools, work and outside activities it can be rare that the whole family is home together to enjoy a meal ort watch a favorite show on TV while being in the same room.
Have you asked yourself, “Why is it important to celebrate family day?” Well it is simple, family day can be a positive life-affirming event for children in all families but particularly those in diverse families. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are international institutions but they do leave out lots of children every year and can cause awkwardness and exclusion despite the best efforts of parents. The concept of Family Day is so broad that everyone should be able to see themselves reflected in the notion of family, no matter what size or shape their family. Even for those children who may not be living in their family of choice or birth.
Families today are rich and varied. No longer do you think the traditional illustration of a family – a mother a father and their children. Instead, families can be led by single parents, same-sex couples, work families and friends – essentially, any community of people who love and support each other.
If you feel like there is no time left for family time in your busy day, well you are not alone. There are plenty of benefits that can come from having more engaged, quality experiences with your family, and the best are on the lists below.
1. Children feel important and love.
2. They have an opportunity to model their parent’s behavior.
3. Parents can observe and learn about their child’s strength and weaknesses, which helps them to better guide them.
4. Children have a chance to voice their thoughts and feelings.
5. Parents and children develop a stronger bond.
Every family face problems that might stain the family but even when the times are difficult, when you offer unconditional love to those around you, you strengthen ties that can help you and your family receive more love and nurturing over time.