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Bulletin #4195, Activities to Celebrate Family

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Activities to Celebrate Family

mom and kids playing in snowPrepared by Marilyn Ellis, State 4-H youth Specialist, and Judith Graham, Human Development Specialist.

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Celebrate your family by involving everyone in activities.

Activities for families:

  • Look at family photos together and reminisce.
  • Have a family game night with your own family, or invite other families to join.
  • Plant a family garden.
  • Start a family cookbook of favorite foods and customs.
  • Do a project that helps others in your neighborhood or community.

Activities for classes, groups and clubs:

  • Hang photos of classmates’ (or club members’) families in classrooms or club meeting rooms. Hold a discussion about the various meanings of “family.”
  • Encourage the student council to call for student-designed posters that celebrate or represent family life to display in school.
  • Have schools or clubs and local restaurants cooperate and host weekly “family nights.”
  • Write short essays about families from different cultures. Describe what makes families the same and what makes them different.
  • Hold a family hour at the library each week. Libraries can advertise family reading hour and might also emphasize adult literacy.

Activities for individuals:

  • Interview another generation of your family. Ask them how they grew up and experienced their family when they were children.
  • Start a family tree.
  • Research the ethnic background of you family, and share this with others in you class, club or group.
  • Write about your family’s history. Interview family members and gather information. Share this with your family or your class, club or group.
  • Make coupons and give to family members for: hugs, walking the dog, brushing the cat, clearing the table, an “I love you,” cleaning up the kitchen or bathroom, a “good job,” or other special things.
  • Form a parents’ support group.

Suggestions for people who work with families and for families, too:*

  • Institute a “Family Council” to debate decisions and problems affecting all family members. Model non-violent conflict resolution and a culture of communication and dialogue among generations.
  • Avoid situations harmful or hurtful to the dignity of family members with and outside the family.
  • Talk about values that the family imparts, and their importance to the family and its members. Consider how values, relationships and men’s and women’s roles change.
  • Involve men in family life more to benefit the family as a whole.
  • Accept the moral and actual obligations towards children, elderly, disabled or disadvantaged members. Stress full participation of all family members in the tasks of caring.
  • Realize your own self-care abilities and strengthen family ties, especially under difficult conditions, such as unemployment, emigration, etc.
  • Enhance the connection of family by arranging family reunions, celebrating family holidays, traditions, searching for ancestry, etc.
  • Set aside at least one day per week for the whole family to share a meal (without TV!).
  • Use all opportunities for families to share leisure activities (sports, music, games, singing, etc.).
  • Take time and care to build informal relations and trust between families (among neighbors and friends).
  • Join in on discussions and programs about the importance of parenting, new findings in child development, parent-child relationships, and roles of women and youth in society.
  • Motivate and train all family members to assume their full responsibilities in household tasks, community and public life.
  • Recognize that marriage and family are not static situations, but a life-long process of growth that requires flexibility and responsiveness of all family members at different stages.
  • Explore ways to channel the earning capacities of family members so that they are involved in family budgeting.
  • Meet with families from other communities or countries. Exchange experiences.
  • Become aware of what the family (and all its members) contributes to society and the state.
  • Explore what society and the state can offer for the benefit and protection of the family as a unit.
  • Use family associations to voice the real needs of families, both material and non-material.
  • Use family services offered by the state and society (assistance, housing, counseling, reuniting families, etc.). Become an advocate for creating new family-oriented services in areas of unmet needs.

* Source ©1994 Family Information Services, Minneapolis, MN.

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© 2002

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