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What is #OlatheFamilyWeek?

With our annual event Olathe Family Week happening on September 26-October 2, we thought it is essential to share with you why we are so passionate about it. Family Day, which we have developed into our own Family Week, 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 (or Week) celebrates simple, everyday things parents or guardians 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 (or Week) 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. Last but not least, we want to emphasize that our image of the family is inclusive of all types of families; we invite you to celebrate this week with us, even if your family is unique or non-traditional.


 

In lieu of Family Week, below are three strategies for improving communication with the youth in your life:


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. It is also a comfortable way to ease into deeper discussions about topics like staying substance-free.

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 and they can see that you care.


We encourage you to try some of these strategies at your family dinner tonight or throughout this week. 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 on social media @OlatheCTC & #OlatheFamilyWeek!


 

Celebrate Family Week by posting your #OlatheFamilyWeek 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 #OlatheFamilyWeek @OlatheCTC from September 26-October 2. Also, stay tuned for family activity content on our blog throughout this week. We are excited to see the Olathe community celebrate the importance of families this week. Thanks for joining us!

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