National Family Week
National Family Week is coming up next week. It seems logical that this event, made official by legislation (not just Hallmark) is celebrated during the week of Thanksgiving when many families gather. I have to admit I wasn’t aware of this annual celebration, even though I discovered it was established in 1968 right here in Indianapolis by Sam Wiley, an Indianapolis teacher and school administrator as a means to provide Americans with an opportunity to promote strong families. The premise of National Family Week is that children do better when their families are strong and families do better when they live in communities that help them succeed. Children live better lives when their families are strong, and families are strong when they live in communities that connect them to economic opportunities, social networks, and services. These “connections” include reliable child care. The Alliance for Children and Families, a nonprofit membership association representing child- and family-serving organizations in the United States and Canada, has directed National Family Week efforts for more than 30 years.
INShape Indiana, Governor Daniels’ statewide health initiative suggests that you celebrate National Family Week, November 23-29, by doing physical fitness activities together. Try one of these fun ideas:
–Have a family dance competition
–Play a sport together in your backyard
–Record steps taken each day and compare
–Go ice skating
You can plan your own family celebration at http://www.nationalfamilyweek.org/