Childersburg Mayor Ken 'Yank' Wesson

Childersburg Mayor Ken “Yank” Wesson 

CHILDERSBURG -- Childersburg Mayor Ken Wesson has signed a proclamation designating Sept. 24 Family Day and Sept. 23-29 Family Week in the city, events sponsored by The Alabama Family Rights Association.

The proclamation was presented at a Childersburg City Council meeting Sept. 4 and was read into the record by Chamber ambassador Steven McLeroy. A similar proclamation was signed last year as well.

“The Alabama Family Rights Association encourages the entire state to participate in this year’s ‘Family Day/Week,’” according to a press release from the association after the proclamation was presented. “On the fourth Monday of September, Family Day brings together communities across the state and nation to celebrate the positive influence parents have on their kids.

“The proclamation encourages all citizens to join together in observance of this day and week by spending time with their families and by engaging in appropriate ceremonies and activities to honor and strengthen both our cities’ and state’s families.”

Family Day is also “a national movement to celebrate parental engagement as an effective tool to help keep America’s children substance-free,” the release continues. “Families are the cornerstone of an orderly society. However, over the last several decades, Alabama families have grown progressively weaker.

“Family Day in Alabama has evolved to Family Week and expanded to reflect the importance of connecting with children throughout the day/week and making a concerted effort to implement programs that stress the importance of a child’s needs and the importance of interacting together as a family.

“Scientific data indicates that when both parents are actively involved in a child’s life, the outcome is measurably improved. Children spending significantly more time with their parents and family members decreases the chances of youth suicides, school dropouts, juvenile drug abuse, teen pregnancies and incarceration.”

In addition to asking families to eat a meal together and engage in family activities through the week, the release also recommends slightly larger-scale activities, including block parties, church potlucks, movie night at a park or library and games.

The release also includes a list of conversation starters, such as “If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?,” “If you could only eat three foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?,” “What was the nicest thing you did for someone today, and what was the nicest thing someone else did for you today,” “How would you get out of a situation where you were offered alcohol by your friends?” “If you could choose a new name for yourself, what would it be?” and “If you observed a friend or family member texting while driving, what would you do?”

Participants are also encouraged to “take a photo or video of everyone enjoying their time together and post it on (their) favorite social media channels with #myfamilyselfie, #familyDayAL18.”