Family Day – Lets Put Some Meaning Into It
Yesterday was family day in B.C. Other parts of the world observe Family Day also. My understanding of Family Day is that it was created because we did not have a stat holiday in B.C. in February. Pretty superficial reason, eh? So let’s put some meaning into it and really make it a Family Day.
I will use this article to bring attention to the shortage of ‘nurturing’ in the world. The dictionary
says that it is to ‘feed and protect’. Some definitions add to encourage the development and
growth of. For me, nurturing is a much deeper and holistic process. Nurturing is done with
the heart. Nurturing is done with pure and unbridled love.
Our world has become fast-paced and competitive. With a change in the economy, both parents
were finding the need to work full-time. After-school programs sprang up and younger children
were accommodated with daycare and play school. After school time was spent on homework
for the kids and cooking dinner for the grown-ups. Weekends are times to catch up on shopping
and other chores. Where is the time for nurturing?
I would say that we have lost many family days. You all get the picture. And this is not a time to feel guilty. It may be a time to reflect. As an optimist, I see a change coming. This is a time of unrest in the world now, as people are awakening to a paradigm that has not been working for the good of people. It has not promoted joy and abundance.
But the change could be slow. So why don’t we all look at how we can be the best example
possible for the people in our lives, and especially for our cherished children. They are the
future. Let’s make some changes. Our time is the one thing that our children need more of…not
another I Pad. Maybe we don’t need the things that we work so hard to afford. What about a life
more simple and stress free. What if we scaled down our lives and appreciated what we already
have? Smaller houses, backyard gardens, self-sufficiency, family picnics and conversations.
Sounds “old fashioned” doesn’t it? Well I suggest we make it ‘cutting edge’ behaviour. After all,
it doesn’t hurt to learn how to survive if things become difficult.
In closing, I would like to repeat the necessity for us as parents and grandparents to be
sensitive and caring to the needs of our children. Their emotional needs are the most important
thing that we can consider once they are clothed and fed. Let’s make time for them and engage
them in conversation and activities that contribute to and honour their self-esteem and
confidence. Happy Family Day!
by Janet Robinson