CASA Family Day
Family Day - Be Involved. Stay Involved.®
Whether driving the kids to soccer practice, enjoying family dinner, or tucking little ones into bed, it’s important to remember that those every day activities have a lasting effect on your children. Each of these moments offers an opportunity to connect, share and really listen to what’s on their mind. As children age, it is vital to keep those lines of communication open, especially as they start feeling increased pressure to start engaging in risky behavior including smoking, drinking or using drugs.
Adolescence is the critical period for the initiation of risky substance use and its consequences. Nine out of 10 Americans who meet the medical criteria for addiction started smoking, drinking, or using other drugs before age 18. Addiction is a disease that in most cases begins in adolescence so preventing or delaying teens from using alcohol, tobacco or other drugs for as long as possible is crucial to their health and safety.
Family Day – Be Involved. Stay Involved. ® is The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse’s national initiative to promote simple acts of parental engagement as key ways to help prevent risky substance use in children and teens.
Family Day will be celebrated across the country on September 26, 2016. To learn more about Family Day and to join parents all across America in taking the Family Day STAR Pledge, log on to www.CASAFamilyDay.org.