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The Orange County Week of the Family theme for 2017 is

FAMILY:  UNPLUG AND CONNECT

Our goal with the Week of the Family is to help build strong families. Building strong families only happens when we can really connect with each other.  This year we would like to focus on families connecting today face to face and being actually present in the moment.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Work on story-telling in the home.  Relate not only stories about your day, but about plans for the future and things that happened in your past—the good, the bad and the ugly.  Strong families have learned about their past from storytelling of their predecessors and know they can make it through hard times. Additionally, it’s a great way to feel connected.
  • Spend ten minutes alone together one on one—have other children read or even have screen-time if you can get one child alone—but get 10 minutes on the timer doing whatever one of your children wants to do each day.  We can do anything for ten minutes right?
  • Enjoy meal time together screen-free.  Pre-plan the week considering after school schedules and chose the days of the week that work best for family dinners.  Get the kids involved so they understand how the week is laid out and even decide on what will be served that night.  #devicefreedinner Also check out www.FamilyTableTime.com for planning and topic ideas.

It is our hope that during the Week of the Family, you can find activities and opportunities to spend time together and build stronger teams. There are many different activities and service opportunities throughout all of Orange County. We are partnering with JustServe.org this year to help families find service opportunities.  It is a place where community service needs are posted by organizations and families/individuals can visit to see where help is needed.  It is a great resource and we hope you use it to find where your family can serve together during the Week of the Family.  Please take a look at our calendar of events, OCPS’s Parent Academy, our Family Table Time Contest and find some time to spend with your team!

– Orange County Week of the Family Committee

 

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