Every fourth Sunday of July, the United States celebrates Parents’ Day. And why not! The day’s goals and aims are to promote responsible parenting, and recognize positive parental role models. Of course, the special bonds that exist between parents and their children are celebrated too. This observance began in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed into a law a resolution adopted by the U.S. Congress specifying the fourth Sunday of July as Parents’ Day.
Various proclamations and observances are held on or around this day, though it’s not a public holiday.
The Parents’ Day Council (see Parents’ Day if you’re interested) is very active in promoting this day. For example, at local, state, and national levels they honor Parents of the Year. The most accomplished parents in each state are nominated for National Parents of the Year. These parents represent the standards and ideals of positive parenting.
Perhaps your children will get wind of the fact that this is a great time to give you a card, gift, flowers, cakes, or anything else they feel they can or want to give to signify that yes, you who have played a very positive role in their lives. And if your parents are still alive, of course it’s a good time to recognize them. Families can come together for lunch, dinner, or other special gathering. Tributes—through announcements, church or community groups—are paid to parents who are seen as great and positive role models. Recently, proclamations have been made and rallies held. Organizations such as the United Civil Rights Councils of America are getting involved in paying public tribute to parents.
The messages on Parents’ Day is both simple and powerful: core family values are important, parental responsibilities toward our children’s growth and development are important, and unconditional love is the strongest underpinning between parents and their children.