National Parent Leadership Month – February 2023

National Parent Leadership Month is celebrated each year during the month of February. The month-long celebration aims to empower parents. Empowered parents raise empowered children which in turn helps build a strong community. National Parent Leadership Month brings empowerment tools to parents that encourage personal growth while at the same time taking care of the needs of those around them. With proper support and resources, parents and elderly members can become valuable contributors to society and uphold the best of personal, public, and national interests. National Parent Leadership Month envisions a society where parents, youth, and children can support each other and live in harmony.

History of National Parent Leadership Month

The National Parent Leadership Month celebrations were started by Shared Leadership, Parents Anonymous Inc. in 1969. The celebration is a brainchild of a mother, Jolly K., and Leonard Lieber. Jolly aimed to create a safe and caring home for her family and Lieber was a clinical social worker. The idea came about after Jolly was reunited with her daughter after a long stint in a foster home. She was surprised that there were no resources to address the emotional difficulties faced by her family. She sought help and support as a mother for her own family and encouraged her community to form the Parents Anonymous Group.

Jolly’s commitment and passion helped make a difference and parents finally found a way to strengthen their families without feeling any inhibitions. She was determined to put an end to child maltreatment and inspire and encourage parents, youth, and children to seek help when they need it. The organization also did a wonderful job of helping the historically marginalized communities of Latinx, Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

More than five decades since its inception, National Parent Leadership Month continues to be celebrated with great fervor. Today the celebrations have gained enough popularity to impact policy and law-making decisions. With the help of agencies, volunteers, staff, and diverse federal, state, local and private donators, National Parent Leadership Month achieves its mission and goals of strengthening families each year.

National Parent Leadership Month timeline

1969
Parents Anonymous

Jolly K. and Leonard Lieber launch the organization.

1989
U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

Children are guaranteed social, political, and civil rights.

1999
Custody Laws

Laws are established so that parents can reach amicable custody decisions of the child.

2004
First Celebrations

National Parent Leadership Month becomes an annual celebration.

National Parent Leadership Month FAQs

What is parental leadership?

Parent leadership is for the parent or anyone involved in a parenting role. Their main role is to provide resources and services to the family.

What do parenting and leadership have in common?

Being a good parent is much like being a good leader. The parent should have an interest in the child’s development and show confidence in their abilities. The parent is also responsible for providing them with the tools they need to overcome obstacles and succeed.

How do you develop parent leadership?

Parents can become leaders by taking on various roles in planning, implementing, and evaluating family support programs.

How to Observe National Parent Leadership Month

  1. Contribute

    Contribute money or volunteer your skills at Parents Anonymous or similar organizations that observe National Parent Leadership Month. Any help is appreciated.

  2. Thank your parents

    Take some time off your day to express gratitude and love to your parents. That’s the best way to celebrate National Parent Leadership Month.

  3. Spread the word

    Raise awareness about National Parent Leadership Month and pool resources on behalf of parents who need them. This is a great way to celebrate the month.

5 Facts About Parenting That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Gender reveals can be damaging

    Parents-to-be in Arizona caused a 47,000-acre wildfire at a gender-reveal party.

  2. Spitting on babies in Greek culture

    Parents should spit at a baby three times to ward off evil spirits, the evil eye, and bad luck.

  3. Parents in Ireland

    Irish traditions state that parents should sprinkle a crumbled piece of their wedding cake on their newborn's head to symbolize the circle of life.

  4. Victorian parenting was interesting

    Parents calmed their kids with medicine laced with opium and other narcotics.

  5. American parents use too many diapers

    It results in about 3.5 million tons of landfill waste per year.

Why National Parent Leadership Month is Important

  1. It builds better communities

    Celebrations like National Parent Leadership Month build better communities by supporting parents and families through tough times. It brings the community together for a common cause.

  2. It acknowledges the role of parents

    Parents are indispensable in the creation of a happy community. Parents aid their children with the correct values and tools to make the space around them safe and happy.

  3. It’s a way to express gratitude

    National Parent Leadership Month is a lovely way to express gratitude to parents, the elderly, and other caretakers in our communities. Why not take the time out to say “thank you” today?

National Parent Leadership Month dates

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