‘Tis the season for sled riding; cookie baking; and Sunday afternoon football…
Thoughts of holiday activities bring a smile to your face, but did you know these cherished activities have a lasting positive impact on your children? Children from birth to adulthood need regular, interactive time and attention from their parents. The benefits of family time are clear.
Kids that spend high-quality time with their parents are happier and have higher self-esteem than their peers. They get along better at school and have better grades. They are less likely to have mental or behavioral health problems and they are less likely to abuse tobacco, alcohol, or marijuana. They have lower rates of depression, eating disorders, sexual activity, and suicide. In addition, when something bad does happen to them, they are more resilient and they recover more quickly than their peers.
This holiday season, let’s make a commitment to give all Allegany County kids the protective benefits of regular family time.
In December and January, share photographs of your family’s favorite activities on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hashtag #ACfamilytime for a chance to win dinner for four at Wellsville’s Famous Texas Hot ($40 value).
Have a wonderful holiday season and remember “Families Matter!”
Sponsored by PPAC, Family Matters, and Wellsville’s Famous Texas Hot Restaurant.