Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Family Day, 2009


President Obama declared September 28, 2009 Family Day in the United States. In his proclamation, he spoke with inclusive language that I really respect and appreciate. This is one key to making a difference and a climate of equality: inclusive vocabulary.

"Our family provides one of the strongest influences on our lives. American families from every walk of life have taught us time and again that children raised in loving, caring homes have the ability to reject negative behaviors and reach their highest potential. Whether children are raised by two parents, a single parent, grandparents, a same-sex couple, or a guardian, families encourage us to do our best and enable us to accomplish great things. Today, our children are confronting issues of drug and alcohol use with astonishing regularity. On Family Day, we honor the dedication of parents, commend the achievements of their children, and celebrate the contributions our Nation’s families have made to combat substance abuse among young people.

A strong and engaged family can make all the difference in helping young people make healthy decisions.

By coming together as a family and discussing the events of the day, parents can foster open communication, share joys and concerns, and help guide their children toward healthy decisionmaking."

Dialogue is the most important part of developing strong relationships, becoming strong in your core values and beliefs and working to affect change.


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