March 2014: Parenting Awareness Month

WHEREAS, the most precious and valuable asset to our state is our children, and the future of our society depends largely on the emotional, social, physical, and intellectual growth of these most cherished individuals; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan relies on parents to protect their children and teach them the importance of honesty, respect, education, empathy, service, and determination; and,

WHEREAS, parents who nurture, love and guide their children help them develop into healthy, loving, responsible, and contributing citizens; and,

WHEREAS, effective parenting adds stability and strength to the lives of children and also helps to reduce social issues such as substance abuse, school failure, teenage pregnancy, violence, and crime; and,

WHEREAS, providing and promoting parenting education and resources for the development of parenting skills will greatly contribute toward improving the quality of life for Michigan families; and,

WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health to encourage parents to join parent networks and become more involved in the lives of their children;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2014 as Parenting Awareness Month in Michigan.