The saying, “A picture is worth 1000 words” is so true. In the case of my four month old grandson, we have a book started. Still nothing compares to actually holding, squeezing his chubby legs, or getting Bob to laugh out loud. As we enter the holiday season, families across the country hardly need a reminder that November 24th through the 30th is designated as National Family Week.
National Family Week embraces the premise that children live better lives when their families are strong, and families are strong when they live in communities that connect them to economic opportunities, social networks, and services. These “connections,” celebrated during National Family Week, include access to reliable transportation, employment opportunities, education, child care, housing, health care, and support from community networks and institutions.
When America’s diverse families and children are healthy, our nation prospers. That is why we hope everyone will take time during National Family Week to honor the connections that support and strengthen families year round.
As I finish teaching a parenting workshop at my office I am reminded of the need to encourage families of all kinds to provide a nurturing and safe environment for their children. Putting struggles from the past behind them and starting fresh with new ideas to build self- esteem and good communication skills has been our goal.
One of the pamphlets I enjoy sharing with my parenting classes is titled, “100 Ways to Celebrate your Family.” If you feel like you need some fresh ideas to try out with your family, stop by for your free copy of this poster, just in time for National Family Week. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family – and don’t forget the camera!