International Day of Families

Vinod C Dixit

The International Day of Families, observed on May 15, is an occasion to reflect on the work started during 1994 and to celebrate the importance of families, people, societies and cultures around the world. It has been held every year since 1995. It symbolizes the fact that families are the centre and the heart of the society and the society should nurture the Family which provides a stable and supporting home for people of all ages. Families are active catalysts of economic change and have contributed much to national and global development. Families do matter for the achievement of the development goals because they educate the children who will fulfill those goals.
As a parent we must continually let our children know they are loved and they need to know they are loved unconditionally. Children must be taught to be brothers and sisters in the family and thus develop relationship skills that will be used throughout their lives. They learn more from what they see than what they hear; so in families parents must be good examples all the time. What we need to do to check the alarming trend of rising number of divorces, single mothers, fatherless children, and disintegrated families. Strong families are the building blocks of societies, hence a strong nation.
—Ahmedabad, India

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