Just one day

Family Day may be a perfect chance to reconnect with your busy children, or parents

It has been a gruesome few weeks in the news, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Chilling stories of murders and body parts, a new drugs that induce violent rages, and several violent deaths have hit many of us close to home — at least at heart.

No one would want their life taken from them violently. And, even worse, no one could imagine their son or daughter as a murderer.

That could be why, of all the work that the provincial government has done recently, establishing Family Day is easily one of the most important.

Sure, one day isn’t enough time to show your children you love them. And of course, just one extra day isn’t enough for a family to bond.

But it’s a start.

And in these days of micromanaged time, microwaved dinners and texted conversations, most families could use a little kick in the pants as a reminder that ‘together time’ is important.

The whole idea of Family Day is a fairly new one, coming to popularity over the last decade in singular provinces across Canada and in a handful of other countries.

While it may not be entirely popular with small businesses, who will have to pay their staff for yet another day of not working, it’s a boon to families who are working so steadily to pay the bills that family time is slipping through their hands.

It’s one more day that families can sit down for a real breakfast, lunch and dinner together. It’s one more afternoon that can include a walk in the park. Another day to not rush here and there, and maybe start a conversation with a child that could have some impact.

For the average B.C. family, scrambling around from school and work to sports and other commitments, just one day together — sanctioned by the government — could become a tradition that binds its members together.