WHEREAS, Michigan relies on parents to protect their children and teach them the importance of honesty, respect, education, empathy, service and determination; and,
WHEREAS, effective parenting adds stability and strength to the lives of children and 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 promote responsible parenthood, and encourage parents to join parent networks and to become more involved in the lives of their children;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2013 as Parenting Awareness Month in Michigan.