Each year, over 100,000 people and 100s of organisations like Closer Care celebrate National Families Week (16th – 22nd May) – Australia’s annual celebration of families.

National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your family, make contact with your extended family and friends, and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community. It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and to make the most of family life.

Since the inception of National Families Week, parenting support programs have been introduced to empower parents to help their children reach their full potential in life. Research shows the significant value of building strong relationships among the adults in a baby and young child’s life and the positive impact those relationships can have on the family as a whole. We know that supporting the positive mental health of babies, toddlers and parents benefits us all through things like more resilient families, better educational outcomes and in the long term, a stronger society. Positive parenting is a key influence on children’s development. Wider family involvement can also assist families to cope with stress. Fortunately, the best things you can do for your child to prepare them for life are also the simplest and most natural. This years theme is ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities’. This theme continues to highlight the important role families play as the central building block of our communities and deliver the message that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing.

Families Australia will be hosting a series of webinars from Monday to Friday during National Families Week!

Families Australia have invited carefully handpicked speakers to reflect on and celebrate the rewards and challenges of being part of a family unit. This is an exciting opportunity to hear from a diverse range of families, all with their own unique stories. Q&A will follow. The webinars will take place from Monday – Friday throughout National Families Week, from 1pm – 1:45pm AEST. Don’t miss out!

“My family is my life, and everything else comes second as far as what’s important to me.” “Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them out and enjoy their riches.” “The memories we make with our family is everything.” “Everyone needs a house to live in, but a supportive family is what builds a home.” – Trenton Lee Stewart

 

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