The International Day of Families is held annually on May 15, implemented by the United Nations to celebrate the importance of families in response to changing social and economic structures, which have affected and still affect the structure and stability of family units in many regions of the globe.
Families are the 'basic core' of our society - we are born into them and some of the most important developing years of our lives is spent growing up with our families.
The theme for 2016, the 22nd anniversary of the day is 'Families, healthy lives and sustainable future', bringing with it a focus on the health and well being of the youth, maintaining a work-family balance and a ensuring a better quality of life for older people.
In recognition of this important day take some time to engage with your children and help to teach them the importance of family with family-fun activities such as:
Draw pictures of your family and share with them.
Use photos and make a special family photo album or collage that you can put up where the family can see it.
Take your family out for a picnic to take time out.
Make a collection of food and clothes that you can share with poor families.
Tell stories about the family that are interesting, encouraging and funny to learn more about the value of family and the family history.
Visit family members that you have not seen or visited in the long time on Family Day.
Watch a DVD or video with a family theme together and talk about the families in that movie. Good ideas for children are Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music