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For more information about Celebrate Family Month, contact Anelese Franklin at (601) 844-0013.

By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

In the fast-paced life many Americans lead, family activities sometimes get put on the back burner.

Officials with the Family Resource Center in Tupelo hope that during the month of April that will change. Anelese Franklin, assistant director for the Family Resource Center, said parents and children are encouraged to spend time doing a family activity at least once during the next 22 days.

“We want to promote families doing things together and doing something that is fun,” Franklin said.

One activity could be playing a game together. Many times parents give children games to play but they seldom take time to play them with their children, she said. Other activities include taking a child to a movie, having a picnic, either inside or outside, or hosting a tea party.

Since the center opened many parents have said they neither have the time nor money for activities, she said. Franklin suggests that since families usually eat together that would be a good time to do something together. She said it would cost nothing to put a blanket on the floor and have a picnic at meal time.

For those residents who are single but still want to spend time with “family,” Franklin said that there are several organizations that could use volunteers. “They can adopt a grandparent or become a big brother or big sister,” she said.

During the month, Franklin said several businesses will run “family” specials. On April 27, the Family Resource Center, along with other non-profit agencies, will be on hand at the Mall of Barnes Crossing with information on the services they provide. Franklin said there also will be a drawing for a $300 gift certificate to be given away.

The events at the mall will coincide with the beginning of the Week of the Young Child, which is a national observance.

The Family Resource Center serves as a presence within the community to support and promote healthy families and is open to anyone in the community who cares about children and families.

Some of the activities offered by the Family Resource Center include parenting classes, teen mom classes, a lending library for parents and teachers, workshops, Attention Deficit/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Workshops and Support Group, community resource referrals and child study focus groups.

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