Have you heard about Parents’ Day? Ummm… me neither. I mean, I know of course that we have Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day, but a combined “Parents’ Day”… who knew.
Observed in the United States, Parents Day was created in 1994 under President Bill Clinton. Officially called The Parents’ Day Resolution, it was unanimously passed in Congress, establishing the fourth Sunday of every July as a perennial day of commemoration. Parents Day is an opportunity for us to recognize outstanding parents, celebrate the teamwork in raising children, and support the role of parental guidance in building a strong, stable society. You can even nominate “Parents Day” parents of the year to be recognized in your community! Throughout the nation in almost every state, community leaders organize Parents’ Day events to honor parents.
Now, this is not to be confused with the United Nations’ “Global Day of Parents,” which is a mark of appreciation for the commitment of parents towards their children. While I think it’s wonderful to be recognized (let’s here it for the great parents out there- this job is hard, so hard!), I’m okay with sticking with Mothers’ Day for my day of pampering and celebration. Unless… could this be a day to get my kids to do extra chores around the house? Hmmm….