A national movement encouraging more parental involvement and engagement is being recognized in Eclectic.

The Eclectic Town Council approved a proclamation at its meeting on Sept. 21 proclaiming Sept. 28 as Family Day and Sept. 27 through Oct. 3 as Family Week.

The Alabama Family Rights Association encourages the entire state of Alabama to participate in this year’s Family Day/Week. On the last Monday of September, Family Day brings together communities across the state and nation to celebrate the positive influence parents have on their kids.

The proclamation encourages all citizens to join together in observing this day and week by spending time with their families and by engaging in appropriate ceremonies and activities to honor and strengthen families.

Family Day is a national movement to celebrate parental engagement as an effective tool to help keep America’s children substance-free.

“Families are the cornerstones of an orderly society,” reads the Family Day press release. “However, over the last several decades, Alabama families have grown progressively weaker.”

Family Day in Alabama has evolved to Family Week and expanded to reflect the importance of connecting with children throughout the week/day and making a concentrated effort to implement programs that stress the importance of a child’s needs and the importance of interacting together as a family.

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 decrease 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 state 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”.

Show support for children and family on Sept. 28 and anytime during the week of Sept. 27. Families are asked to eat a meal or do some other activity together. Family Day/Week event ideas include:

  • Games that include the family
  • Eating dinner as a family and using conversation starters
  • Movie night at home

Take a photo or video with everyone enjoying time together, and post it on social media using #MyFamilySelfie and #FamilyDayAL20.