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Olathe Family Day - September 28th

Family Day is a national initiative created by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse to promote simple acts of parental engagement as key ways to help prevent risky substance use in children and teens. Family Day celebrates simple, everyday things parents do to connect with their kids What started out in 2001 as a grassroots initiative to inform parents about all the benefits of frequent family dinners, has grown into a national movement that is supported by a network of partners and sponsors across the country. Family Day has evolved and expanded to reflect how important it is to connect with your kids at various times throughout the day including while driving your kids to soccer practice, tucking little ones into bed or having frequent family dinners.

Family Day will be celebrated on the 4th Monday in September, September 28, 2020.

Below are three strategies for improving communication with your kids:

1. Ask your kids open ended questions. Encourage them to elaborate by asking follow-up questions if they give one-word answers.

2. Pick a topic that your kids are expected to talk about at every dinner, such as, “What was the best thing that happened to you today? The worst thing?” The topic can and should evolve as your family’s needs and activities change.

3. Express interest in their interests. Educate yourself about the things that are important to your kids (like Snapchat or Pokémon) so you can discuss them and ask questions.

We encourage you to try some of these strategies at your family dinner tonight. Are there any other strategies that you use to get your kids talking during a family activity or meal? If so, please share them with us in the comments below!

Celebrate Family Day by posting your #olathefamilyday photos on social media. It’s simple and easy to participate. Just gather your family for a meal or special activity, snap a picture of everyone spending time together, and share the image on social media using #olathefamilyday on Family Day, Sept. 28.

  • Gather your family for dinner at home or out at a restaurant

  • Snap a picture or video of everyone spending time together

  • Share the image on social media using #olathefamilyday

  • Tag two friends, challenging them to share their own photos

Take advantage of Olathe Family Day and take the time to come together as a family and have a positive impact on your child's relationship with drugs and alcohol. Visit the City of Olathe website to learn more about ways you can celebrate.

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