The annual celebration of Family Day, focusing on eating together as a family, is celebrated every year on the fourth Monday of September, which this year is September 26. Parents, mark this special day on your calendars and plan a wonderful dinner together with your children. I encourage all of our parishes to celebrate this day, as it is a unique way to give life to our number one diocesan priority—Family Life and Marriage.
Parents, dinner time is the perfect time to connect with your kids on a daily basis. Through the reflective prayers said during grace plus the array of favorite meals served and the loads of laughs shared about the day’s events, you can help continually feed your child’s mind, body and soul.
Family Day is a national movement that encourages parents to frequently eat dinner with their children. The parental engagement fostered during your frequent family dinners can also help keep your kids substance free. More than a decade of research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has consistently found that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs.
Moms and Dads, here is a guide -- the Family Day Star Pledge -- to bring families together:
Spend time with your kids by having dinner together;
Talk to them about their friends, interests and the dangers of drugs and alcohol;
Answer their questions and listen to what they say;
Recognize that YOU have the power to keep your kids substance-free!
To learn more about Family Day and to join parents all across America in taking the Family Day Pledge, log on to CASAFamily Day.org. To learn more about the book How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents, visit www.straightdopeforparents.org.