Lakeland and Bartow, Florida – The cities of Lakeland and Bartow have declared April 26 as Shared Parenting Day in recognition of the importance of equal involvement of both parents in their children’s lives. The proclamations were accepted by Danica Dockery, founder of Kids Need Both, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting shared parenting.
The proclamations acknowledge that children benefit from the involvement of both parents in their lives and that shared parenting arrangements can help reduce conflict between parents and improve outcomes for children. By recognizing Shared Parenting Day, the cities of Lakeland and Bartow hope to raise awareness of the importance of shared parenting and encourage more parents to consider this approach.
“Shared parenting is a critical issue for families in our community and across the country,” said Mayor of Lakeland, Bill Mutz. “We are proud to recognize Shared Parenting Day and hope that it will help raise awareness of the benefits of shared parenting for children and families.”
The recognition of Shared Parenting Day in Lakeland and Bartow follows the lead of several other cities and states across the country that have similarly recognized the importance of shared parenting in recent years.
“We are grateful to the cities of Lakeland and Bartow for their recognition of Shared Parenting Day,” said Danica Dockery, founder of Kids Need Both. “Shared parenting can have a profound impact on the lives of children and families generationally, and we hope that this recognition will help more parents and policymakers to prioritize this approach.”
The public can participate in an International Shared Parenting Day Event on April 26th. This is a great way to learn more about the benefits of co-parenting as well as resources that are available. Register for this free online event at Shared Parenting Day.
For more information on Kids Need Both and shared parenting, visit www.kidsneedboth.org.