The Alabama Family Rights Association, and the Exchange Club of Shelby County are partnering to encourage the entire state of Alabama to participate in this year’s “Family Day” September 26. Family Day is a national movement to celebrate parental engagement as an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free. Scientific data indicates that when both parents are actively involved in a child’s life, the outcome is measurably improved. Children spending significant time with their parents and family members decreases the chances of youth suicides, school dropouts, juvenile drug abuse, teen pregnancies, and incarceration. Research shows that children with hands-on parents are far less likely to exhibit risky and disruptive behavioral problems. This is an important community and national initiative to remind parents, communities, and leaders that a child whose parents are not engaged and involved in their upbringing and care is a child “at risk”.
Family Day event ideas include:
- organizing a block party in your community
- hosting a potluck at church
- games that include the family
- eating dinner as a family and using conversation starters
- movie night at the park