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September Family Challenges - Please click Read Full Story to join us in celebrating FAMILY!

Week of September 3rd - 

Back to Family Challenge: When you spend time with your children you are fostering an environment for open communication. Good communication is important for your children to feel comfortable with talking to you about anything. Simply asking your child how their day has gone can make a big difference.

Week of September 9th - 

Back to Family Challenge: Spending time helping your children with schoolwork or reading together, especially in their early years, will foster an environment that values academics. If your child feels comfortable coming to you with schoolwork, they are more likely to perform better academically

Week of September 16th - 

Back to Family Challenge: Families who share everyday activities together form strong, emotional ties. Studies have found that families who enjoy group activities together share a stronger emotional bond as well as an ability to adapt well to situations as a family. Share your favorite hobbies, sports, books, movies or other favorite activities

Week of September 23rd - 

Back to Family Challenge: Children and adolescents who spend more time with their parents are less likely to get involved in risky behavior. According to studies done by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse via Arizona State University, teens who have infrequent family dinners are twice as likely to use tobacco, nearly twice as likely to use alcohol and one and a half times more likely to use marijuana. Children who frequently eat with their families also usually have improved dietary intake compared to those who don’t eat as often with family members.

Week of September 30th - 

Back to Family Challenge: Children learn by example. If you are setting a good example for them by spending quality time
together, they are more likely to adopt those behaviors in other relationships in their lives. Simple things like playing games together will help them understand more about interacting with others as well as teach them things like sharing and kindness. Most importantly, family time means you can just have fun and enjoy each others company!