We’ve all asked at one point or another: “if there’s a Mother’s and a Father’s day, why isn’t there a childen’s day?” Well, now there is! Introducing: National Son and Daughter Day. Why? Well, because we all asked for it! No matter how tough our kids might make our lives from time to time, we all love our children. But somewhere between working hard to provide for them, feeding them, cleaning up after them, empowering them, teaching them, sending them to college, watching them succeed, and wondering why they don’t call, our love for our kids can get swept aside by all of life’s ever changing demands. Sometimes it’s all we can do just to keep our children on their bedtime schedule, and even then we’re probably not going to get things perfect every day. But on National Son and Daughter Day, we are reminded to take a step back from the whirlwind of life and really appreciate our sons and daughters for who they are and how much joy (and mayhem) they’ve caused us. Like other family holidays such as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, this holiday honors the complex role our children play in our own lives and encourages us to make some room to really rejoice over their impact. For National Son and Daughter Day on August 11, we invite you to celebrate the greatness of your own children and all the magic they’ve brought into your life.
How to Celebrate National Son and Daughter Day
1. Take the day off
Depending on your particular workload, you might feel like you work way more often than you get to spend time with your family. To celebrate National Son and Daughter Day, try using up some of that paid time off, or even take a sick day so you can be at home. As an added bonus, let your kids stay home from school too! A single missed day for either of you isn't going to amount to much in the long run, but it will let you make memories that last a lifetime.
2. Make a special treat
It doesn't have to be a sugary snack or a messy project, either. You know what your children love to eat, and chances are there's even a favorite food that you can make together at home. Some fun and relatively healthy make-at-home snacks include homemade Chex Mix, peanut butter crackers, or veggies and ranch dip. You could even go all-out with your kids and teach them to make a favorite dinner, or opt for a treat with less cleanup and let the kids pick a restaurant for a special night out.
3. Spend time with your children
Whether your children are youngsters at home or adults at large, this holiday is a great reminder to make time in your life to stay connected. Take your children out to a movie, meet up for a stroll through the park, or sit down around the dinner table and really listen to what they have to say. Sometimes the best way to say "I love you" is by being available and letting your children take the lead. Whatever your children like to do, you can rock this holiday by showing up with some genuine excitement about sharing their passions with them.
Why We Love National Son and Daughter Day
A. We just can't help it
Humans are social creatures, and we all have some genetic programming that encourages us to bond with others. Kids are certainly no exception. From their first breaths to their first steps and their first words, children form deep bonds with their parents and caretakers, and we in turn form deep bonds with them. For all the crap they put us through, we just can't help loving our kids. It's science.
B. It balances out other family holidays
There's Mother's Day, Father's Day, and even Grandparent's Day, so isn't it only fair that we have a Son and Daughter Day too? After your kids go above and beyond on a Mother's Day gift that brought you to tears (or a Father's Day gift that wasn't just another power tie), they deserve a bit of nationally-sanctioned celebration themselves. Beyond the lesson this teaches about fairness and equality, kids can start to see how the yearly cycles of family holidays nurture relationships by giving and receiving appreciation in equal measure.
C. This holiday is unique and special
There are lots of opportunities to dote on your kids, but National Son and Daughter Day has something no other opportunity does. An individual holiday like a child's birthday is only special for one child, and communal holidays like Christmas or summer vacation don't really focus on anybody in particular. But National Son and Daughter Day focuses on our children — all of our children, and only our children.