Let’s Celebrate Families!

Posted by on Feb 21, 2012 in Thrive Strategies | 0 comments

Let’s Celebrate Families!

People who are thriving realize that family life is an important part of their thriving lifestyle.   It’s hard to thrive if you are ignoring your family and only paying lip service to family values.   This doesn’t mean that you have to always put them first, but it does mean that you have to consider the impact of your choices on your family.

When I worked in research my job often called for me to be away from home which meant that there where times when I missed important family events that I would rather have been home for.  Fortunately I was lucky enough to have enough flexibility in the timing of most trips that I could usually accommodate both work and family.  When I couldn’t be there I made sure I called home on the special day and when it came to birthdays (which fortunately I was rarely away for) there was always a present and a major celebration after I got back.

Building strong family bonds takes time, but they last a lifetime and you never know how important they are until you really need them.  Unfortunately if you haven’t bothered to foster such bonds through the years, it’s rather hard to call upon them for support and expect them to miraculously appear.  I know from experience that when times are tough, when you’ve gotten the dreaded pink slip, or are facing a death in the family, that there is nothing that can replace the love and support that your family can provide.

Yesterday was Family Day in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario, a day when non-federal employees in those provinces had a day off work to spend with their families.  In my area there were a  plethora of activities directed at families, all specifically designed to provide them with opportunities to do things together as a family and have an enjoyable time while doing them.  And fortunately the weather was nice – no major snow or freezing rain to mar the day, just plenty of sunshine.  I think Family Day is a fantastic idea and only wish it had been there when I was raising a family!

As adults I think we often forget how important it is to spend time doing fun things with our kids – simple things maybe, but these are the things that kids remember, the things that build close supportive family relationships.  These small seemingly simple initiatives are the things that support a thriving family.  I know I can still vividly remember the days my family took time to go tobogganing or skating on the creek, or those occasions that we went to the beach in the summer.  And then there were the times we spent evenings playing board games – simple things maybe, but things a child remembers.  After all, when the most important people in a child’s life, their mother and/or father, take time to play with them, that must make them pretty important too, and you don’t forget that feeling of importance.

So let’s  make sure we do more than say our families are important – let’s show them by spending time with them and letting them know how much they mean to us.  And never forget, you don’t have to take them to Disneyland, even he3 simple things count.  After all if you’re a parent, you’re the most important person in your child’s world – it’s you they really want to spend time with, even if it’s just in the kitchen making cookies!




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