Every year on May 15, the United Nations (UN) celebrates the International Day of Families to recognise the significance of families. Traditional and nontraditional families are the foundation of society. Our formative years are spent with our families, who are likely the most essential people in our lives; therefore, we should celebrate them. Let’s devote today to finding methods to protect the family unit in society, beginning with our own families.
The background of International Family Day
“Family is not a significant factor. It’s all there is.” – Michael J. Fox
Family began with the earliest humans. Families are as important today as they were thousands of years ago, despite the fact that they appear different. In 1994, the United Nations deemed families significant enough to merit a day of observance, and thus designated May 15 as International Day of Families.
As parents, we want to provide our offspring with the best possible start in life. Numerous studies have demonstrated that the foundation created in a family has a significant impact on a child’s success. The more stable a child’s family environment, the more likely they are to be mentally and physically healthy.
Globally, communities encounter obstacles that threaten the stability of the family. In the 1980s, the UN began to recognise this as the Secretary General promoted public and decision-maker awareness. The United Nations went on to establish this day of observance and select a new family-focused theme each year to address global issues such as education, poverty, health, and work/family balance, to name a few.
This World Family Day, learn about the social, economic, and demographic factors that impact families around the globe and how you can begin to strengthen your own.
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5 FACTORS CONCERNING THE FAMILY UNIT
The percentage of children living with both parents (married) has decreased from 73% in 1960 to 46% in the present day.
The number of single-parent households has increased from 9% to 26% during the same time period.
The percentage of non-married households with children has risen to 7 percent.
Each year, over 135,000 infants are adopted by American families.
The percentage of households with three or more generations has grown to 28.4%.
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