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National Kids Day 2014: The importance of staying connected with your children

Sunday August 3, we celebrate National Kids Day. I know what many of you are thinking, “Isn’t every day already Kids Day, what makes this day any different?” And you would probably be right, it may appear that every day is Kids Day, as you taxi your children back and forth between sporting events, dance classes, the mall, and soon to be school. But National Kids Day is different, because this is a day when parents, grandparents, relatives, teachers, and care givers nation-wide, are encouraged to spend quality and meaningful time with their children.

National Kids Day was created in 1994 by KidsPeace, a national children’s charity that has over 131 years of experience with helping children facing crisis. They wanted a day to “honor and celebrate the inherent value and worth of children;” and to help change the way that Americans tend to “look at – and treat - its children.” KidsPeace sees this as a time when we should commit as a nation, to ensure every child feels safe, loved, and cared for in a way that allows them the freedom to just be a kid.

It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and the busyness of each day, that even though you are physically “with” your children, there does not seem to be the time to really connect with them, and see how they are doing.

How can you help celebrate this day? It’s easy, try making a weekly “play date” with your child or teen. Take some time to focus on ways to communicate with them through games, activities, or letting them have some hands on experience with helping to prepare their favorite meal. You can learn a lot about what’s going on in your child's life, as well as their friends, through activities that allows you both to relax and have some fun.

For more ideas to help you connect with your children 10 years old and under click here, and check out Pinterest for perfect summer activities for teens here.

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