That’s our premise behind the Element3sixty interns dedicating their summer to put on Family Nights. Whatever a particular family structure looks like, the strength of it is what matters. I love working in an environment that is committed to building up students and their families.
In such a connected world socially and technologically, it’s interesting to see society yearning for community relationships. A Wall Street Journal article last week discussed a new trend of taking down fences and sharing one large backyard with neighbors.
Since it’s not likely to come across a village in urban or suburban America, how do you get a village to raise a child? How do you help build or contribute to a community that will support you in making and keeping your family strong?
At Element3sixty, we are hoping that our Family Nights will do just that through an experience we’re calling “edu-tainment” or educational entertainment. We are bringing families together to learn about important lessons, like everyday leadership, giving back, and interacting with difficult cultures, but in a fun, interactive context.
Families grow stronger by going through experiences together and supporting one another. Remember those family road trips?
Similarly, communities grow stronger by living life together and sharing common experiences. It’s not just living next door but seeking each other out to experience small, daily triumphs and failures together.
What can you do to initiate connecting your family to another in your neighborhood? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comment section below!
Written by Steph Shackelford