National KidsDay

By: Kelly Sparks
By: Kelly Sparks

The Boys and Girls Club of Bowling Green has joined a national effort to establish National KidsDay as an official day on the calendar.

The effort is backed by research showing that millions of Americans recognize the link between spending “meaningful time” with their kids and the tough issues they face, but some parents say they don’t feel they have the time or skills to do as much for their children as they feel they should.

“It's not easy, but I'm blessed to have them."

Wendy Gentry is a mother of three and says while it can be tough at times; she makes every effort to interact with her children as much as possible.

"We sit down and eat together every night."

No matter your economic status, cultural background or location, most families experience the pressures of life and officials say these pressures can affect the amount of time you spend with your children.

Boys and Girls Club of Bowling Green, Executive Director, Angela Sexton says setting an hour or so each day to spend with your children is vital.

Sexton says whether you’re just sitting outside on your front porch, playing a game of basketball or taking a walk, it’s important not to forget about your children.

National KidsDay research shows that half of parents said they don't have time to participate in their kid’s educational needs and around 54% of parents said they had little or no time to play with their kids.

Sexton says it’s easier to continue good communication with your child if you begin a positive engagement early on.

While Gentry agrees saying she tries to spend as much time as possible with her kids, so it hopefully pays off in the future.

"I think they'll be closer to me and be able to talk to me about issues when they get older and won’t feel like they have to go to someone else."

To help parents gauge the amount of meaningful time they are spending with their children, KidsDay created this quiz:

http://www.kidsday.net/mt_Checkup2.htm


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