Sunday, May 15, 2011

Day 145: National Family Month

National Family Month is celebrated between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. This is a good time to reflect on family and how to make it stronger. Strong families share many of the same qualities.

Build Trust
Strong families build trusting relations by following through with promises.
Show Commitment
Strong families feel like a team. They share traditions through commitment to the family by making time for family events and making sacrifices for one another.
Members of strong families talk to one another about important decisions and daily plans. They discuss feelings as well as day-to-day activities at school or work.
Grow Through Crises
All families experience crises. Strong families use these experiences to learn and grow.
Spend Time Together
Strong families spend time together, talking, reading, playing games, taking walks, cooking. Some special times involve closeness, like reading a good-night story and tucking children into bed with a kiss.
Have Fun as a Family
Strong families know that having fun is important and make plans to have fun together. They plan family trips or parties.
Show Love and Affection
No matter what children say or do, they need to know that their parents love them. Strong families show caring in many ways. .

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii (RMHC-HI) was created in 1997 to expand the positive impact of Hawaii's Ronald McDonald House on the communities served. The House, which opened in 1987, has been and will always be RMHC-HI's cornerstone program. The mission of RMHC-HI is to provide a home-away-from-home for seriously ill children and their families and to develop programs and partnerships aimed at improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific. RMHC-HI operates three facilities to assist families that have children with serious health conditions. Two residential facilities are located on Oahu and the third facility is an in-hospital respite center - the Ronald McDonald House Family Room - which serves immediate family members of inpatient children at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.
Honolulu’s two Ronald McDonald Houses are in continual operation 24-hours, 365-day-a-year.  Each is a “home-away-from-home” for families that must come to Oahu seeking specialized medical treatments for their children’s catastrophic illnesses.  Ronald McDonald Houses keeps families together during this, the most trying of times.  Both of our Houses provide a warm, dignified and supportive environment for our families, and are located in lower Manoa Valley, near Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children and Shriners Hospital.

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