By: Mary Carver, P.H.Ec.
Professional Home Economist (P.H.Ec.) Mary Carver gives suggestions to help build memories with your family this Family Day.
The family has been described as the most basic and important unit in society. Most people believe that families build character, values, and teach love and respect. Many parents make family-time a priority over all else. Others maintain that healthy, happy families create healthy, happy communities.
Once considered perfect was a family with two parents of opposite sex living with two children - suggesting an idealism. There’s no such limiting definition today. All families are precious.
The Vanier Institute of the Family defines family as “any combination of two or more persons who are bound together over time by ties of mutual consent, birth and/or adoption/placement and who, together, assume responsibilities for variant combinations of some of the following:
Does it seem that you are working more and playing less?
Indeed, families today face unprecedented demands on their personal time.
“The proliferation of technology has created impatience, an intolerance of slowness and expectations of instantaneous response. Contrary to expectations that we would have more leisure, the work ethic has intensified. Families are both caught by, and contribute to, a cult of busyness that seems only to intensify,” says Kerry Daly, professor and chair at the University of Guelph, in his paper “It Keeps Getting Faster: Changing Patterns of Time in Families.”
In Ontario, Family Day is celebrated annually on the third Monday of February. Ontario Professional Home Economists (P.H.Ec.) offer the following suggestions to celebrate on February 18, 2019:
The important thing is to be together, take advantage of the civic holiday, embrace laughter and build memories. Family time is about finding a life balance, so be sure to seize the day to help maintain your own mental health.
Don’t get the day off work? Unfortunately - not everyone does! Don’t sweat it - just make your own Family Day date and personalize it! Families are important enough to be celebrated more than once a year.
Mary Carver, P.H.Ec. is an Ottawa-based Professional Home Economist and member of the OHEA Board of Directors.