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Monday is Family Day. It's a reminder to make time to connect all throughout the day. And in Olathe, they're hoping everyone will get involved. (City of Olathe, KS Government/Facebook) Monday is Family Day. It's a reminder to make time to connect all throughout the day. And in Olathe, they're hoping everyone will get involved. (City of Olathe, KS Government/Facebook)
OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

Olathe Family day is more than just a day on the calender. It's a grassroots effort to encourage families to connect at various times of the day.

For Mother Alyssa Tinder, family time is her number one priority.

"Oh, it means everything," she said.

The city of Olathe agrees, which is why they declared Sept. 25 "Olathe Family Day." It's inspired by a national initiative created by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

"We decided it was a perfect fit for our community," said Olathe Assistant City Manager Susan Sherman. "So we embarked on learning more about it and getting a proclamation done by the city of Olathe and jointly with the school district."

The idea is to get parents engaged. Experts say that helps your kids avoid risky behavior.

"Family influence is so important in a protective factor in kids lives," said Director of Prevention at Johnson County Mental Health Center Shana Burgess. "Sometimes as parents, it's hard to think that you're really that important of an influence for children. But parents really are the number one influence."

To participate, all you have to do is make time to catch up.

"There's no one event today because we want families to do what families do. So read a book, play a game, go to one of our parks, maybe a picnic,"  Burgess said.

And if you do, be sure to hashtag "Olathe-Family-Day" on social media along with a selfie. That will get you automatically entered into a  drawing to receive prizes. 

Even though Olathe Family Day has been dedicated to today's date, it is a hope that it'll become a monthly or even weekly thing for your family.

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