October 3 – 7 is National Family Week

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“Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox

National Family Week has been officially celebrated since 1985 when it was proclaimed by the government of Canada.  Family is the single most important influence in a child’s life. From their first moments of life, children depend on parents and family to protect them and provide for their needs. Parents and family form a child’s first relationships. There are many ways to celebrate this very special week. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Plan and cook a meal together.
  • Go through family photos together. Talk about your favourite memories.
  • Create a family playlist of your favourite songs. Have a dance party!
  • Create a family scrapbook. Have a page for each member of the family.
  • Go swimming together.
  • Go outside and rake leaves as a family (have fun and jump in the leaf piles).
  • Go outside and splash in the puddles.
  • Go for a family bike ride.
  • Read a book together.
  • Have a family game night.
  • Go for a walk and discover new things about your neighbourhood.
  • Do a craft project. There are many great fall craft ideas on Pinterest.
  • Help out families in need. Go through old toys/clothes and donate them together.
  • Hold a family talent show and let everybody’s talents shine.

Take the time this week to do an activity together. Remember to have fun!

(Source: BC Council for Families)

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