Family is one of nature's greatest masterpieces in which its members are to be intimately acquainted without having a proper introduction to each other. The bond is just embroidered naturally from the first day of our lives when warm hands embrace our bodies and hearty smiles comfort our cries. The closest family to us is our parents who are the only ones obligated to adore us; compared to the rest of the world whose affection needs to be earned.
To acknowledge the significance of family, 15th May has been specially observed as the International Day of Families. This day aims to promote awareness of issues relating to families. This year’s theme, Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity, realizes the fact that in every family consists of members who come from different generations thus challenges of having a fruitful intergenerational relationship are encountered.
In light of this year theme, we, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), realize that the creation of positive intergenerational relationships can assist in building strong family-bonds. We do believe that through a positive intergenerational relationship, an efficient avenue can be created allowing preservation and smooth transfer of historical, cultural and traditional values over generations.
Together with this year International Day of Families, we also reiterate our encouragement to young people from all around the world to embrace intergenerational solidarity and tolerance in their families. Opening your heart to the leeway of friendships with our elders can facilitate advancement of social integration and eventually bring in a new level of harmonization within the family as well as society. A small step can be started today by having one or two hours of your evening time spent with your elder family-members. It takes simple steps like spending time with your elders by sharing simple stories or exchanging stories about your day.
Though it might look trivial, maintaining constant conversations with elder family-members may help young people to understand their way of thinking and gain some of priceless knowledge throughout the process. If face-to-face conversation seems to be impossible, utilizing a means of communication technology will be another great option! So, what are you waiting for? Pick up your cell-phone and dial their numbers! You can start by wishing them
To quote Albert Einstein, “Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations. All this is put in your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it on to your children,”
We at WAY wish you all HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES!