National Parents’ Day, July 26, 2020, honors all parents on the fourth Sunday in July. No matter where our parents may be, this day serves to celebrate their important role in our lives. 

In May we celebrated mothers, and in June we celebrated fathers.  It follows that in July we can bring all our parents together and show them some appreciation all at once.  

Parents play a vital role in the lives of children. From our birth, parents protect, teach, provide, and serve as role models. As part of a family, we look to them for guidance. We mirror their behavior and learn to be a core part of our communities. 

Throughout our lives, our parents lead us to be independent thinking individuals. As many of us know, those efforts can be challenging. The world is changing as quickly as they grow. Often the sleepless nights and worry seem endless. On this particular Sunday, we honor all parents who do everything to raise and protect their children. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalParentsDay

Spend some time with your parents or visit someone who was like a parent to you. For those with small children, give yourself a pat on the back. Set the laundry aside and go to the park. Find a moment alone with each of your children and show them how glad you are to be their parent. Post on social media using #NationalParentsDay and encourage others to celebrate the day.

Dont forget that families come in many shapes, sizes, and can be what you define it as. I grew up in a family with 2 parents 3 sets of grandparents and a lot of extended family. We gathered for holidays and stayed well in contact. I have 2 younger brothers and 4 half siblings, numerous cousins and even an pseudo adopted brother.

Upon adulthood my husband and I were not blessed with children of our own.  We instead have fur babies that we spoil, and numerous nieces and nephews. While the kitties don’t bring us gifts on special days they give us love and surprises daily.

NATIONAL PARENT’S DAY HISTORY

President Bill Clinton established National Parents’ Day in 1994 when he signed Congressional Resolution (36 U.S.C. § 135) into law. The  resolution recognized the “…uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” Republican Senator Trent Lott introduced the bill.