Eat. Play. Read. Just 15 Minutes a Day

Parenting is one of the most rewarding and life-affirming jobs there is. But raising kids is tough, and so is finding quality family time among the many school, work and life responsibilities. The Family Tree can help you make small changes that will have positive, lasting benefits!

Our 15 For Families campaign highlights everyday activities that are opportunities for bonding and growing.

  • EAT Together – Children who eat with their parents on a regular basis are less likely to engage in substance abuse and be overweight, and more likely to succeed in school and report feeling close to their parents.
  • PLAY Together – Children are playing less than ever before - at home and school. Play is important for physical, mental and social development!
  • READ Together – Reading with your child builds early language skills and a strong foundation for school success.

The time investment is small, but the benefits of spending as little as 15 minutes a day eating, playing and reading with your family are enormous - starting with more focused, creative and sociable kids.

Learn more in our exclusive interview with WBAL-TV!


How You Can Get Involved

Social Media Toolkit (Official Hashtag: #15forFamilies)

Sample Social Media Posts


  • Every family can make small changes that will have positive, lasting benefits. Check out these #15forFamilies tips and graphics:
  • Want to build long-lasting bonds with your children? It only takes 15 minutes a day! Find #15forFamilies tips and activities at
  • We all have a role to play in creating safe communities. Help #PreventChildAbuse with these free #15forFamilies tip sheets, activities and social media posts:


Inspiration & Tips


This campaign was sponsored by the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, the Kirk Family Foundation, Linwoods Restaurant & Catering, M&T Bank, and the Sherman Family Foundation.