Monday, July 23, 2012

Parents’ Day

In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed a resolution proclaiming the fourth Sunday of July Parents’ Day.  Unlike Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, Parents’ Day was designed more to honor the entire family unit and the dedication parents have for their children.  While it’s not as well-known as these other days or as widely celebrated, the ideas behind this day of observation are very noble, and information about Parents’ Day should be spread across the country.

The idea behind Parents’ Day is to create a day for the “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.”  At one point, the family was the center of a person’s life, and the idea of a parent leaving a child was almost unheard of.  Today, we hear about one parent or the other abandoning their children all the time.  The organizers behind Parents’ Day felt like there should be a day set aside to celebrate those who didn’t take the easy way out: the parents who honored their commitment to their children. 

The bond between a parent and a child can be incredibly strong, but despite that bond, parenting is not an easy job.  Teaching a child, tending to them when they are ill, and providing for them can be extremely challenging, especially if you are a single parent.  Taking a day to celebrate this commitment and reconfirm your love for your family is what Parents’ Day is all about. 

On this day, Sunday the 29th, take the time to show your love for all your family, not just your parents.  Also be sure to honor those who stepped in when your parents couldn’t (or wouldn’t, in some cases).  This includes your aunts and uncles, grandparents, and those close friends who acted like a second mom or dad. 

Gather your family together on Parents’ Day and just have a good time.  Enjoy each other’s company and tell your parents how much you appreciate everything they’ve done for you.  We can help—we have some spectacular Parents’ Day arrangements in Springfield, OH!