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Families for Life Celebrations to promote importance of bonding

Instead of the usual one month, celebrations this year will last from Sep 13 to August next year, with the focus on spending time and having conversations with one's family.

SINGAPORE: A poll, conducted by the Families for Life Council in August, showed that seven in 10 respondents felt that spending time with their family gave them the most happiness. However, only about half of the 872 polled were satisfied with the amount of time spent.

The council shared this on Tuesday (Sep 2) at a media conference for this year's Families for Life Celebrations, previously known as National Family Celebrations.

Instead of the usual one month, celebrations this year will last from Sep 13 to August next year, with the focus on spending time and having conversations with one's family.

The Families for Life Council said it aims to promote the importance of regular bonding time, instead of just spending time with family during special occasions like birthdays.

"Instead of just having two or three high key events for the year, we would really like to get this message going regularly through the year,” said Mr Ching Wei Hong, chairman of the Families for Life Council. 

FUN FOR THE FAMILY

Among those polled, spending time with family meant activities such as getting out of the house and doing something fun together. With this in mind, from October, families will be able to bond over organised monthly picnics taking place on the last Saturday of each month at parks in the neighbourhoods.

Meanwhile, four in 10 respondents said usually they spend six hours or less with their family in a week - less than an hour each day. Many said they were busy with household chores.

So on Sep 13 and 14, family games have been planned for the young and old at the Singapore Sports Hub.

"Family time is more important to me than friends,” said 17-year-old Mr Haikal Akir at the launch. “I have been with my family longer than my friends. They have been with me through all my ups and downs."

Other activities have also been planned to create more opportunities for families to get together. Members of the public can visit this website for more information. 

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