Professor Margaret Sims named as National Families Week 2013 Ambassador

Published 13 May 2013

5910898903_fe1e8f38f6_oProfessor Margaret Sims from the University of New England has become an Ambassador for National Families Week 2013, Australia’s main celebration of the importance of families.

Each year, National Families Week celebrates and highlights the critical role of families in Australian society and coincides with the UN International Day of Families on 15 May. Hundreds of community groups, businesses and government departments will be holding local events around the country.

During National Families Week, everyone is encouraged to think about the way families can work together to achieve a happy and healthy lifestyle. Let’s take the time to work together to get the best balance in all life’s activities.  When families work together, everyone benefits.

“Families are the foundation for shaping children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.  A child’s earliest learning experience happens at home, with family,” said Families Australia CEO, Brian Babington. “Families give children a sense of belonging and of self-identity, and provide a network of support for children as they grow.” he said.

Professor Sims said; “National Families Week is a time to remember how important our families are in our lives. It’s a time to keep in mind that our families provide the contexts in which children are reared, and that the experiences we provide today set the foundation for the rest of their lives. What we do in our families today sets the foundations for our nation’s future. ”

National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your immediate family, make contact with your extended family and friends and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community. It is a time to celebrate the meaning of family and to make the most of family time.