PRESS RELEASE FROM BARRON CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:
Research shows that children with hands-on parents are far less likely to smoke, drink or use other drugs. This Monday, September 23rd, is Family Day. Family Day is a national initiative to promote easy ways for parents to be involved in their children's lives to help prevent substance use.
"Parents, you can make a difference, says Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald. "As our kids get older it is important to build trust with them and keep the lines of communication open so that if at any point they begin to feel pressure to experiment with smoking, drinking alcohol and using drugs they can feel comfortable talking to you about it".
Here are some great ways from, How to Raise a Drug Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents, to stay involved in your children's lives:
· Be there: Get involved in your children's lives and activities.
· Open the lines of communication and keep them wide open.
· Set a good example: Actions are more influential than words.
· Set rules and expect your children to follow them.
· Monitor your children's whereabouts.
· Maintain family rituals such as eating dinner together.
· Engage the larger family of your children's friends, teachers, classmates, neighbors, and community.
"Every day activities like having family dinner together, helping your children with their homework or attending their after school activities have a lasting effects on your kids", says Sandy Mathieu, Family Enrichment Center Coordinator. "Each of these moments offers an opportunity to connect, share and really listen to what's on their mind".
Celebrate Family Day Monday September 23rd, and make every day Family Day in your home.
Download the free Family Activity Kit from www.CASAFamilyDay.org
Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff