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“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.” Michael J. Fox.

Today is a day for families to spend quality time together, share a meal, watch a movie or simply take a walk together. It is also a day to pay tribute and honor families.

National Family Day was created in 2001 by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Use (later renamed Partnership to End Addiction), the day has the tagline 'Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children'. The intention behind this holiday is to encourage families to eat together and in doing so to fight teenage drug abuse. “

Research shows that teenagers and children in families that have five or more meals together a week are less likely to abuse tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. In those families who have less than three meals a week together, the children are four times likelier to smoke cigarettes.

During meal times, families bond while eating together, promoting a healthy and open relationship.

How to Observe National Family Day

- Have a meal with your family

- It doesn’t need to be fancy or expensive

- Gather and set the table

- Talk to each other

- Schedule another time to share a meal together

- Take a family photo and post it on Social Media

Family Facts

  1. Family is a crucial part of society

  2. There are different kinds of families

  3. The average marriage age in America is 28

  4. Majority of Western households are usually composed of the nuclear family

  5. Extended families often lived together in other civilizations

More ways to celebrate National Family Day

  1. Send handwritten notes to your family members

  2. Make a dinner celebration

  3. Plan a scavenger hunt

  4. Watch a family classic together

  5. Talk about the good times together

  6. Plan a family vacation

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” — Jane Howard

Written and Submitted by GSS Agent#3013

Works Cited:

National Calendar

Days of the


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