McMan Par­ent Link is­sues par­ents a Fam­ily Day chal­lenge

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The McMan Par­ent Link Cen­tre has chal­lenged moth­ers and fa­thers around the Hat to be more en­gaged this Fam­ily Day.

The group has is­sued the chal­lenge on so­cial me­dia, and is ask­ing par­ents to put their phones and tablets away on Mon­day, to fully in­ter­act with their fam­ily.

“We want to pro­mote be­ing with your chil­dren and be­ing ac­tively aware around them,” said pro­gram su­per­vi­sor An­gela Dunn. “It’s one thing to spend time with your kids on Fam­ily Day, but we want peo­ple to be fully en­gaged with their kids.”

Dunn says work­ing at McMan and see­ing par­ents glued to their phones dur­ing ses­sions with their chil­dren is what prompted the group to hold this chal­lenge.

“We see this type of thing far too of­ten,” she said. “Par­ents will come in with their kids and be sched­uled to play with them, but then they get a no­ti­fi­ca­tion on their phone and that’s where their at­ten­tion goes.”

The event is a per­sonal chal­lenge, says Dunn with the re­ward be­ing a bet­ter re­la­tion­ship with your chil­dren.

“Al­low­ing tech­nol­ogy like a cell phone or tablet get in the way of your re­la­tion­ship can be very detri­men­tal,” she said. “Pay­ing full at­ten­tion to your child is health­ier for your re­la­tion­ship and it will make it so you never miss out on a big event or mile­stone be­cause of so­cial me­dia.”

Dur­ing the days af­ter Fam­ily Day, Dunn says the Par­ent Link Cen­tre will be hold­ing an­other com­pe­ti­tion based around dis­con­nec­tion from tech­nol­ogy around your chil­dren.

“We’re go­ing to do some­thing where peo­ple can sub­mit their names and can win a prize or some­thing,” she said. “We just re­ally want to pro­mote be­ing there for your kids, es­pe­cially when you’re with them.”

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