Parents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July of each year and is similar to a combination of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. This year in 2008, Parents’ Day falls on Sunday, July 27th and future celebration dates include July 26, 2009 and July 25, 2010.
The Parents’ Day observance is growing in recognition and is designed to increase awareness of parental responsibilities as teachers, mentors and guardians to their children. Parents’ Day celebrates the efforts of parents and encourages all Americans to show appreciation for their own parents, whether biological, adoptive, foster, or stepparents, as parents play a vital role in a child’s development and socialization.
Parents’ Day in the United States was created in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed into law the Presidential Resolution unanimously adopted by the U. S. Congress. According to the resolution, Parents’ Day was established as an annual holiday for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.”
President Lyndon Johnson once said, “The family is the corner stone of our society. More than any other force it shapes the attitude, the hopes, the ambitions, and the values of the child. And when the family collapses it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale the community itself is crippled. So, unless we work to strengthen the family, to create conditions under which most parents will stay together, all the rest — schools, playgrounds, and public assistance, and private concern — will never be enough.”
The creation of Parents’ Day offers many opportunities for communities, organizations and churches to honor exemplary parents and to encourage families everywhere to invest in our children as our most precious resource, including participating in fun family activities that encourage happy and wholesome families.
According to the original National Parents’ Day legislation, “All private citizens, organizations, and governmental and legislative bodies at the local, State, and Federal level are encouraged to recognize Parents’ Day through proclamations, activities, and educational efforts in furtherance of recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children” (H.J. Res. 398).
On National Parents’ Day, children of all ages, race and religious denominations are reminded to say thank you to their parents, stepparents, grandparents, godparents and adoptive parents for all their love, hard work and commitment made on your behalf.
Studies have shown that children with parents who are highly involved in their lives attain higher levels of academic and economic achievement, making it critical for parents to recognize the benefits of purposeful parenting and do all they can to sustain good relationships with their children.
This year, as National Parents Day nears, take time to gift your parents with a card and plan some special family activities to honor your parents and show your gratitude and appreciation for all they have done for you throughout your life.