“A son is a son ’til he takes him a wife; a daughter is a daughter all of her life.”
National Daughter Day on September 25 allows us to shower praise and unconditional love on our daughters. For aging parents, especially, a daughter maintains a level of connectivity and commitment that keeps families together and healthy. (Of course, that’s not to say that sons don’t do their part. But today, we’re talking exclusively about daughters!)
With so much emphasis historically placed on the importance of sons (especially in the area of inheritance), the status of having a daughter has often been diminished. In royalty, lines of succession have always flowed from father to son. This tradition still stands with today’s British Royal Family. (And who knows, maybe that should change, giving the women a chance. We think royal sons and daughters should work it out on the soccer field. Then, it’s winner take all— including the crown!)
On National Daughter Day we remember to show unconditional love to the guardian of our family trust, our beautiful, witty, creative, and sometimes, demanding daughter.
And coming soon: National Son Day on September 28.
5 celebrated books and movies about daughters
Louisa May Alcott's novel, "Little Women," becomes an immediate hit upon publication in two volumes. The story about a mother raising daughters on her own during the Civil War was based on Alcott's own household where she was one of four sisters.
"Gypsy: A Memoir"
The book recounts Gypsy Rose Lee's years touring as a theatre act with her little sister, June. It eventually spawned a hit Broadway musical and a big budget movie with Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood.
On the surface, everything seems fine, but the harrowing book written by Joan Crawford's adopted daughter, Christina, reveals a horrific childhood, complete with temper tantrums and violence. The book turns into a cult movie that may have cost lead actress, Faye Dunaway, the best years of her career.
"Like Water for Chocolate"
Laura Esquivel's groundbreaking book tackles the Mexican tradition of banning the youngest daughter from marrying until after her mother dies. The book eventually became a movie released in 1993.
"The Joy Luck Club"
San Francisco's Amy Tan scores a bestseller with her 1989 book about growing up among a group of immigrant mothers with American-born daughters and the struggles they all go through to strengthen their bonds. Tan co-wrote the screenplay and co-produced the film.
National Daughter Day Activities
Go to the Father-Daughter dance
The Father-Daughter Dance is a big event in many communities. On National Daughter Day, both fathers and daughters strut their best stuff on the dance floor after a delicious dinner in a main hall. If your town has no Father-Daughter Dance, consider putting one on with a local community group. An event like this will always be a golden memory.
Read stories about daughters we love
National Daughter Day is a wonderful time to review beloved stories like "Little Women" and "The Diary of Anne Frank," a book which gives us a chance to read the thoughts and dreams of a daughter destined to die before her time.
Let your daughter take the lead
Since National Daughter Day is all about how great our daughters are, consider letting yours tell you what she wants to do today. Spa day? Sounds good. Bicycling in the park? Very nice. But if your daughter just wants to have a pajama party and hang with her crew, let that be her choice. It's her day!
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Judy Garland and Vincent Minelli produce Liza with a Z
Liza Minelli has "chops" like her famous mother, but her Oscar win for "Cabaret" proves she's a force all her own.
Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh created a "Scream Queen"
Some of us have never recovered after Jamie Lee Curtis' turn in "Friday the 13th," but for lighter fare, check her out in "Freaky Friday" where she exchanges bodies with her 13-year-old daughter (played by Lindsay Lohan).
Minnie Riperton really hit the "high note" with daughter Maya
Comic actor Maya Rudolph, singer Minnie Riperton's daughter, started cracking us up when she joined SNL in May, 2000 and she hasn't let up yet!
We have Sir Paul and Linda McCartney to thank for Stella
The fashion designer to the stars seems like royalty thanks to her Beatle pedigree.
And since we're talking royalty, let's throw in the "Queen Mum's" daughter
Breaking the traditional line of royal succession ain't easy for girls but that's just what happened when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned after the death of her father, George VI.
Why We Love National Daughter Day
A daughter gets positive reinforcement
Your daughter may do more than you know. In single-parent homes, a daughter may keep the family functioning when Mom or Dad (or even Grandma or Grandpa) is at work. Lots of daughters cook, clean, and help their siblings with homework. So, this is your chance to acknowledge how helpful your daughter is with dinner and a movie, or a beach trip for her and her crew.
Mother-daughter love is real
Don't believe the hype that mothers and daughters don't get along. This myth goes along the lines that mothers and daughters are naturally competitive, or that mothers and daughters argue because they're too much alike. Many mothers and daughters can't live without each other and use National Daughter Day as an excuse to hang out with your favorite girl, no matter how old she is. If there happens to be a little strife, this day is a great opportunity to work things out.
Your daughter may share her dreams with you
This is the day when your daughter may give you a glimpse into how she sees her future. If you listen closely, you may find out what an intelligent, empathetic, independent, level-headed daughter you raised!