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 children’s day?” Now, by popular demand, there’s National Son and Daughter Day every August 11. This holiday reminds us to take a step back from the whirlwind of life to appreciate our sons and daughters for who they are and how much joy (and mayhem) they’ve brought us because no matter how tough parenting can be, we all love our children.
But somewhere between working hard to provide for them and wondering why they don’t call, life happens. National Son and Daughter Day encourages you to celebrate the greatness of all your children and the magic they’ve brought into your life.
National Son and Daughter Day Activities
Take the day off
Depending on your particular workload, you might feel like you work more 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 do something fun with the kids. This is a day for quality time.
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 tacos, 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.
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
We just can't help it
Humans are social creatures and we all have some genetic programming that encourages us to bond with others. From their first breaths to their first steps and words, children form deep bonds with us as parents and caretakers just like we connect with our children from the moment they're born. So, for all the crap they put us through, we just can't help loving our kids — it's science!
It balances out other family holidays
There's Mother's Day, Father's Day and even, Grandparent's Day. 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.
This holiday is unique and special
There are lots of opportunities to dote on your kids, but National Son and Daughter Day is one-of-a-kind. 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 is not just a day for gifts and toys but a time to let your children know through words and deeds how much you really love them.