Today here in Ontario we are celebrating “Family Day”. Family Day was passed by Dalton McGuinty in 2007, and the first one was observed in 2008.
People can define family in many ways; a group of people affiliated by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage), or co-residence/shared consumption (see Nurture kinship). Members of the immediate family may include a spouse, parent, brother and sister, and son and daughter. Close friends can also be considered family, as well as close-knit communities you live in.
What Does Family Day Mean to You?
Understanding your own values (even going through an exercise of reciting your values is helpful), and knowing why you keep in touch, why you connect, and why you hold these relationships dear to you can provide insight to your motives of keeping family around.
Here are some tips for Family Day:
1) Spend time with people you like. People that help you thrive, people that help you grow, and people that make you smile. Remember, you can choose who these are.
2) Do something fun! Life is sweet! Spend some quality time getting to know your family more.
3) Embrace some traditions, but make some new ones as well! Do something today that your future self will thank you for.
4) If family history and heritage interests you, why not find a website and start searching? Learning about your family’s past can be super-interesting!
Happy Family Day!